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Saturday, January 23, 2010


(Pic: Johan Liebenberg (centre) performs Neil Diamond)

Tribute to Neil Diamond and Celine Dion at Barnyard at Gateway.

Neil Diamond and Celine Dion are two of the most successful recording and performing artists of all time, and The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway eases audiences into the new year with a tribute to these two diverse icons in Diamonds & Pearls directed by Adrian Poulsen from January 26 to March 7.

Neil Diamond is one of pop music’s most enduring and successful singer-songwriters having sold over 48 million records in America and being rated the third most successful Adult Contemporary artist ever, ranking behind only Barbara Streisand and Elton John. In Diamonds & Pearls, his evergreen hits like Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, Cracklin’ Rosie, Beautiful Noise and Forever In Blue Jeans are uncannily brought to life by Johan Liebenberg.

Celine Dion is regarded as the premier contemporary pop vocalists of the 90s. Having come from humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, she has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star. From the tender age of five, she and her 13 siblings quickly acquired the knack of performing live when singing in her parents’ piano bar, and her first composition was at the age of 12 which would forever change the course of her life. Her meteoric rise to fame and huge following saw her perform in Vegas for five years where over three million people saw her in 717 shows. Her slew of iconic hits include Think Twice, Power Of Love, Falling Into You, Let’s Talk About Love, My Heart Will Go On and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.

An added bonus to the hits of Neil Diamond and Celine Dion is the surprise dedication to duet performances with tributes to Meat Loaf, Barbra Streisand, Bryan Adams and many more.

Running at the Barnyard at Gateway, Diamonds & Pearls is a spectacular show performed by a nine-piece cast, including five vocalists.

Tickets R115 pp Wednesday to Saturday (R80 pp Tuesday night and Sunday matinees). For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045, e-mail or visit for more information.