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HOLLYWOOD ROCKS (article first published : 2005-10-16)

What’s your favourite song from the movies? Can you distinguish which movie it was written for - or the movie it appeared in? Sometimes, a song is so popular it is taken from its original movie soundtrack and incorporated in another film. Have You Met Miss Jones?, Raining Men and Too Good to be True ended up in Bridget Jones’ Diary. So, which has the greater impact – the chicken or the egg?

In Hollywood Rocks, his latest show at Dockyard Supper Theatre, Stuart Mey offers a well-presented show of blockbuster movie music which is an excellent choice for the festive season. There are some highly amusing moments and Stuart enters into the spirit of various pieces with great gusto.

The show opens with the stirring MGM scene - all that’s missing is that mangy-looking MGM lion! Expect to hear music and songs from the Bond films as well as Grease, Dirty Dancing, Moulin Rouge and Saturday Night Fever. Other memorable numbers are Men in Black, Phantom of the Opera, Prince of Egypt, The Heat in On and I’m a Believer.

The cast is headed by Stuart Mey and one of his best numbers is the aforesaid Have You Met Miss Jones?. I also enjoyed Ain’t That a Kick in the Head and Making Woopie. Stuart is supported by Andrew Jones (recently seen in One More Night) who also has a couple of stints on the drums. I really enjoyed his Pretty Woman. Attractively dressed, the other two vocalists are Nicky Mey and Karen Wood (of the Dockyard’s ABBA fame). Karen Wood’s Goldfinger had much power and I liked Nicky’s Angel which had much sincerity and pathos.

The band is headed by musical director Bruce Boome (bass and backing vocals) with Musa Vincent Mtetwa (keyboards), Ian Webster alternating with Paul Cassells (drums) and David Knott (guitar). Making up Dockyard’s popular brass section is Kirsty Madgin (sax), Russell Scott (trumpet) and Qhawe Ngcobo (trombone). Good to see their talents expanded as backing vocalists with Kirsty moving onto the main stage and Qhawe taking the lead in Men in Black.

Hollywood Rocks displays more thought in terms of staging and setting than we’ve seen at Dockyard in the past. The linking patter is kept to a minimum and is informative and chatty. Larger-than-life statues of the treasured Oscars flank the stage. The show looks elegant and classy with strings of lights outlining the rostra and dark red drapes giving the stage a rich feel. There is a range of costume changes and I particularly liked Nicky’s pink number, complete with feather boa!

Overloud amplification marred the performances of a number of the songs but as it was not a consistent complaint throughout the show, hopefully this is something that can be addressed.

Tickets R160 includes a three-course meal (R140 for two-course meal) and Sunday early shows R100 (one-course meal) with dessert and starters as optional extras. Performances Wednesday to Saturday at 19h00 for dinner with the show at 20h30 (Sundays at 17h00 with the show at 18h30). Tickets R80 for show only and patrons should be seated by 20h00.

The menu includes Stallone’s Sirloin, a spicy and creamy pasta dish as Chicken Cassablanca, line-fish for Nemo Found! or MGM Pasta for vegetarians. The dessert menu includes Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Bar-One Cake, Carmen Miranda’s Hat (ice cream) or Southern Belle, Southern Comfort, Dom Pedro.

Hollywood Rocks is available for Christmas corporate functions at the standard three-course meal ticket price of R160pp. A number of lunch-time matinees are also available. Over the festive season, The Dockyard will open its doors for lunches (no show) offering an informal atmosphere at this scenic harbour entrance venue with a set price menu of R80pp for three courses (R60 for two courses). Bookings and more information from Karen on 031 332 1086. - Caroline Smart




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