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Sunday, March 22, 2009


(Pic: Crystal Temmerman, Bandile Hlope and Tammy Saville with Sam Marais)

The music of Billy Joel on the Upper Deck at uShaka Marine World with Sam Marais.

Sam Marais is something of a legend in South African theatre circles. His credits cover two and a half decades of hit shows including musical triumphs like Aint Misbehavin’, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Queen at the Opera, Queen in Memoriam, Evita, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Barnum and The Wiz to name a few.

Now he’s back to head up The Entertainer which features the music of Billy Joel and is running at the Upper Deck from March 18 on the Phantom Ship at uShaka Marine World. With hits in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Billy Joel is a six-time Grammy Award winning singer/song-writer who has provided a soundtrack to our lives for the past four decades.

This production has great substance and is rather theatrical with the show, reconstructing Sam Marais’s life through the music of Billy Joel. This classic show seeks to showcase the lyrical and musical genius of Billy Joel against the backdrop of New York City.

Produced by Wayne Scott and directed by Charon Williams Ross – the team who presented the sell-out Let’s Hear it for the Boys, Blondes on Deck will also include songs: The Entertainer, It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me, Don’t ask me why, Moving out, Say goodbye to Hollywood, New York State of Mind, The Piano Man, My Life, River of Dreams, Just the way you are, My Baby Grand, The longest time, You may be right and Tell her about it.

The production will include backing singers Crystal Temmerman, Tammy Saville and Bandile Hlope with a five-piece band featuring Musical Director Shemuel Mahabeer on keyboard, Llewellyn Chetty on bass, Jarred Jaems on acoustic guitar, Dylan Kanny on drums and Thabani Gapara on sax.

The Entertainer on the Upper Deck will be staged Wednesday to Saturday nights at 20h00 with Upper Deck’s starting at 19h00. The show will run until May 16. Tickets R150 per person include a wide-ranging buffet menu. Bookings on 031 328 8068 or at Computicket.

The best place to park is in Parking B which can be found if you drive past Parking A, which is the top uShaka parking entrance, continuing down the road to eventually turn left following the signs.