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IN THE MOOD (article first published : 2005-06-28)

The world’s love affair with swing music continues. Rod Stewart recently won his first Grammy for the album American Songbook II and the likes of Michael Buble and Jamie Callum have celebrated this genre of music in its pure form and with quirky reinterpretation.

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway is getting In The Mood from July 12 to August 7 by paying tribute to the classics - although audiences can expect a few surprises. It’s a Durban initiative as Debbie Davidson (co-owner of The Barnyard) and musical director Evan Roberts have collaborated to bring this magical era to life with an intimate 10-piece band and four vocalists who will be styled by local designer Terrence Bray.

Percy Smith and Clinton Philander return to the rustic theatre venue while female powerhouses Crystal Tryon and Nothando Ngubane make their Barnyard debut. The band draws on local talent and consists of Evan Roberts on piano and vocals; Tom Hare on saxophone, trumpet and flute; Paul Kock on saxophone; Mario Monteregge on trombone; Alistair McDonald completing the brass section on trumpet; Shaun Peterson on drums and Joe van der Linden on bass.

In The Mood sees the old swing anthems of artists such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington given a blast of fresh air with contemporary arrangements. Old favourites include Mack The Knife, Mr Bojangles, Summertime, My Baby Just Cares For Me and a Frank Sinatra medley, while a spontaneous “challenge the band” segment encourages audience participation.

Tickets R85 (Buy One Get One Free on Tuesday night and Sunday matinee shows). Bookings and enquiries on 031 566 3045, e-mail gateway@barnyardtheatre.co.za

For more information visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za




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