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BRUTAL TUNES FOR RHUMBELOW (article first published : 2003-09-18)

The smash hit musical theatre success Brutal Tunes has garnered rave reviews since it opened at the Royal Hotel’s Backstage on August 8. Following its performances at the Natal Witness Hilton Arts Festival and its final shows at the Backstage from September 22 to 24, it will move to the Rhumbelow Theatre for three performances.

The show features two of Durban’s best-known and well loved theatre personalities, Anthony Stonier and Lisa Bobbert, who appear together for the first time in 13 years as they have not been seen on the same stage together since Get Screwed.

Bristling with sharp wit and comedy and overflowing with musical ability, they excel in Brutal Tunes which has been designed to highlight their talents and excellent working rapport. The music revue is filled with comedy, clever lyrics and outrageous fun. The title comes from the choice of songs with fairly brutal lyrics which are somewhat softened by the unforgettable quality of the music or the humour of the individual pieces.

It is mad cap and macabre with a mixture of mystery, murder, mayhem and mirth mixed together for massive ‘musement!! So much of life is brutal: love, lost love, marriage, the games society plays, parties, liaisons, families, the horrors adults put their children through … After all which child wants a mother whose “face is lifted from its proper place”?

Brutal Tunes is directed by Caroline Smart (who the cast maintains has been pretty brutal in rehearsals too!) and includes music by Sondheim, Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer - all masters of the brutal, witty lyric.

Lisa Bobbert and Anthony Stonier are accompanied on piano by the acclaimed Andrew Warburton, an accomplished classical musician in his own right who has proved that he is more than capable of holding his own and even upstaging his fellow cast members! A highlight of the show is his Brutal Concerto!

Performances at Rhumbelow take place on September 26 and 27 at 20h30 and on September 28 at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before the show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R40. Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

To book contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, or email roland@stansell.za.net




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