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LADY SINGS THE BLUES (article first published : 2003-05-19)

Front-lining leading musical star Karen van Pletsen in an evening of sassy, sentimental swing, Copy Dog presents Lady Sings the Blues from June 11 to July 27 at Durban’s Dockyard Supper Theatre at the Point Waterfront.

With musical direction by Evan Roberts, this seductive and sophisticated star act takes a cutting-edge look at the great icons of popular jazz, swing and blues. It is set to keep things buzzing at Durban’s latest dining and entertainment hotspot overlooking the harbour mouth, which has enjoyed full houses since its opening in April. Joining Roberts on piano in the high-power live backing line-up are Bongani Sekela on double bass and Shaun Petersen on drums.

“The Blues are about people – their loves their fears and their hardships. They are sung with passion and soul, and often with humour. The music speaks its own history; the Blues are the soundtrack of their lives,” wrote Bill Wyman memorably in Blues Odyssey (Dorling Kindersley, 2001).

Lady Sings the Blues conjures fresh takes on star associations such as Billy Holiday’s song of the same name, Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me, Ella Fitzgerald’s Under My Skin, Patsi Kline’s Crazy, Eva Cassidy’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Eric Clapton’s Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out and the Muddy Waters hit, Baby Please Don’t Go.

The show salutes today’s hugely popular retro swing-back to music of a sentimental nature, as performed by international artists such as Eric Clapton, Robbie Williams, Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Van Pletsen’s potent emotive pull sparks Robert’s creative virtuosity in some refreshing new twists to golden standards as well as vibrant re-workings of contemporary hits in a bittersweet compilation where sentiment reigns supreme.

Relax over a five-star meal in exclusive comfort, then chill to the coolest, smoothest sounds in town. Performances of Lady Sings the Blues are on Tuesdays to Sundays. Show tickets from R65 to R100, with a three-course meal at R75. Tuesday and Sunday specials: R105 (show and two-course meal). Booking on 031 332 1086 or Computicket on 083 915 8000.




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