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TRY-ON COLOUR (article first published : 2002-11-8)

Opening at the Royal Hotel's Backstage Theatre on November 6 is Try-On Colour, a musical reflection of the family tree presented by the multi-talented Crystal Tryon. Labelled by the Saturday Independent as "Theatre's Jill of all Trades", Crystal returns to the Durban entertainment circles having completed a tour to Australia where she was involved with recording workshops in Perth as well as two highly successful tours to the Middle East.

Try-On Colour promises to be a marvellous and colourful cabaret exploring and highlighting the witty and ironic tracings of the family tree. It will see Tryon combining her acting and singing talents which have won her awards, critical acclaim and both international and local success.

Interspersed with comic comments, the show advances through time and highlights family members who are symbolised by the music and in the titles. The Grandfather (the roots or anchor of the family tree) is depicted as a jazz player and features some of the old jazz and blues standards, such as Wonderful World and Jazz is my old Lady.

The show progresses through the growth of the tree, ultimately to the newest shoots (the extended family) and features songs such as It's in his Kiss and My Girl , representing the mother and father figures as well as the music of Diana Ross, Patsy Kline, Miriam Makeba and Shirley Bassey to name a few.

Directed by Gareth Kenna and co-written by Krijay Govender and Crystal Tryon this exciting new cabaret will be backed by the talented Latin and jazz keyboard player Roland Moses who also is lecturer at UND and jazz teacher, with John Davids on base and Lance Dyers (who performed with Paul Simon) on backing vocals and percussion.

Try-On Colour opens at the Royal Hotel's Backstage Theatre on November 6. Tickets R120 include a three course meal in true Royal style. Bookings via Harshana on 031 333-6000. Subject to available space there are a limited number of show-only seats at R50.




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