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UPTOWN GUYS (article first published : 2005-01-26)

Filling the Barnyard Theatre’s stage at Gateway from January 25, will be the vibrant piano extravaganza Uptown Guys. A “play-off” between Billy Joel and Elton John, it features the anthems of two of rock’s most talented composers and singers.

The two imposing grand pianos that dominate the set form the focal point for the intoxicating energy of a seven-piece cast that effortlessly translates the musical passion of Elton John and Billy Joel into a foot-stomping production. A concert-type atmosphere is further enhanced through audio-visual as two screens get a live feed from an on-stage cameraman.

Uptown Guys is a well-paced show that is at times humorous and at others poignant but it’s always true to what is undoubtedly some of the greatest music of our time. Billy Joel once said: “While some people dream in colour, I dream in music” and this production offers the best of both worlds as the inimitable music is brought to life in glorious technicolour.

The talent of top performing artists Sean Butler as Billy Joel and Capetonian James Dobson as Elton John is showcased with sassy Shelly McLean and the irrepressible Clinton Philander. The show is driven by a top-class band consisting of drums, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards and saxophone.

Uptown Guys covers the full spectrum of emotions as it swings from well known hits like Crocodile Rock and It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me to the nostalgia of Just The Way You Are and Sacrifice. Other hits include Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, I’m Still Standing, Uptown Girl, and Honesty.

Both musicians started playing the piano at the age of four and, as the only artist to have a top 40 single in the UK every year for past 34 years, Elton John is pop music’s greatest success story. After four decades, they’re still standing!

Uptown Guys runs from January 25 to March 6. Tickets R85 pp (Buy One Get One Free on Tuesday night and Sunday matinees). Bookings and enquiries on 031 566 3045, e-mail barngate@mweb.co.za or visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za




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