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BEAUTIFUL NOISE (article first published : 2003-06-20)

Recently seen at the Royal Hotel’s Backstage, Beautiful Noise with Wallace Nock, Darren King, Vanessa Skaer and pianist Rodney Chapman, will have three performances at Rhumelow Theatre in Umbilo.

Beautiful Noise is a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow offering a a mix of live band gig and classy review bar and pays tribute to two of America's finest singing and song writing talents. The artists don't attempt to emulate Diamond or Manilow, although the show is a “Beautiful Noise" - at times nostalgic, vibrant and even with its poignant moments - with Darren paying tribute to his best friend Vanessa who is performing in her last show in South Africa before she returns to the UK.

The biggest challenge musical directors Wallace Nock and Rodney Chapman had was deciding what to leave out. Said Nock "The list was so long - we ended up having to be quite ruthless otherwise the show would go on all night." The result is the best of both artists and a show comprising some of Manilow and Diamond's most loved music - including all time favourites Sweet Caroline, You don't Bring me Flowers, Copacobana, Cracklin' Rosie, Could it be Magic and many more.

Nock and Chapman provide the musical backing to great effect on piano, keyboard, guitar and sax, together with some backing tracks and slick dance routines by King and Skaer (the last time this couple will probably dance together for some time), Beautiful Noise is a stylish and entertaining nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Performances will take place on June 27 and 28 at 20h30 and on June 29 at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R40. Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available for those who wish to cook some meat. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (alcohol may not be brought on to the premises)

To book contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, or email roland@stansell.za.net Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.




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