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JOHNNY BE GOOD (article first published : 2005-11-20)

Durban's longest running and most popular comedy cabaret group, The Gee Jays, are back at The Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest, with a return season of their latest show, Johnny Be Good, which is set to run over the festive season.

Celebrating 21 years together the Gee Jays - Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell –will once again turn on the laughter and the charm with their smash hit rock ‘n roll show.

What’s the Gee Jays’ secret of long-term survival in such a fickle industry? “It’s mainly because we are just three okes enjoying ourselves,” says Gary McKenzie. “It’s good old-fashioned musical comedy which makes it highly accessible to all audiences.”

With the first two weeks already sold out, Johnny Be Good is guaranteed to delight audiences with its carefully-chosen mix of close harmony 50s swing, and rock ‘n roll favourites, performed with a live band, under the musical direction of Dawn Selby.

The show features all the legends from the rock and ‘n roll era including Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, The Platters, Bobby Darren and Little Richard. The song line-up includes Rock Around the Clock, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Summertime Blues, The Great Pretender, Lucille, Great Balls of Fire and At The Hop.

The British invasion onto the rock ‘n roll scene is recognised with songs like The Young Ones, Twist and Shout, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Rock ‘n Roll Music. The show also takes a sentimental look at how rock ‘n roll came about and how it influenced some of the greatest musicians of modern times.

Being the only specially designed supper theatre in the country, The Heritage offers a great entertainment package, including a fine two-course meal, with desserts offered separately. The menu includes chicken noodle soup, fresh asparagus, smoked trout, lamb shank, chicken curry and grilled linefish and there are regulars who never miss the bread and butter pudding.

Johnny Be Good runs from November 15 to January 8. Tickets R150 Wednesdays to Saturdays at 19h00 (R120 for Tuesday evening and Sunday lunch time shows). Corporate bookings for lunchtime and evening shows are also available. There is also a New Year’s Eve bash on December 31. To book call 031 765 4197.




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