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Saturday, August 22, 2009


(Pic: Andrew Webster)

Stuart Mey hosts rock concert style show at Sibaya with selection of hit rock classics. (Review by Caroline Smart)

It’s a far cry from the confines of the former Dockyard Theatre in Musgrave Centre to the spaciousness and technical sophistication of the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom but Stuart Mey has weathered the transfer in his inimitable casual style.

He produces and directs Legends of Rock a show which has a short run at Sibaya and features the welcome return to Durban of well-known musical theatre personality Andrew Webster.

Presented by Glamorous Productions and partnered by the Daily News, Legends of Rock presents a selection of rock classics, each one a major hit in its own right.

Andrew Webster’s professionalism and experience drive this production as does the strong presence of Stuart Mey who plays keyboards and sings. I personally think it was a little too soon in her career to place Kerry Lee McKibbin alongside these two stalwarts of musical theatre but she comes across as attractive and focused and experience will come in time.

The show is presented in a rock concert format and expect to hear chart toppers like Queen’s We will rock you with those unmistakable chords, Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and Bon Jovi’s Livin' on a Prayer. There’s also Summer of 69, The Best Days of My Life, You’re the Love of My Life, You Really Got Me, Don’t Stop and much more!

The surprise of the evening was musical director Bruce Boome. While his musical integrity is in no doubt, in recent years we have only seen him playing a fairly back-seat role in the Dockyard productions. My jaw dropped when he bounced (literally!) onto the stage as Keith Richards to Andrew Webster’s Mick Jagger in I Can’t Get No Satisfaction and went on to give a stunning performance as this virtuoso guitarist.

Apart from Bruce Boome on lead guitar - and one of his instruments is a see-through guitar, there’s Warren Morck on keyboards, Jeff Bloch on bass and Devon Hore on drums. Costumes are styled by Warren Morck using garments from Zip Code and Kevin Ellis, and hair styled by Shellie Michael Hair Salon.

Legends of Rock runs at The iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino until August 30 with shows from Wednesday to Saturday at 20h30 (Sundays at 18h30). Tickets R100 and bookings can be made at Computicket on 0839158000 or – Caroline Smart