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Monday, July 15, 2013


They’re back – the group that brought so many great musical revues to the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg, including Lipstick and Lovesongs, Oh What a Night!, The Sound of Movies and Paint the Town, among many more!

The Great American Songbook refers to songs from the golden era of musicals, both Broadway and Hollywood, which have become classic standards many years after they were written. Songs made famous by icons such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and The Platters, and taken up in this century by the likes of Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart, Norah Jones and Queen Latifah. Each generation has its popular singers who continually update and reinterpret these songs for a new audience. From jazz to swing, ballads to anthems, riveting solos to choral harmonies, The Great American Songbook takes in the best that American music has to offer.

Peter Mitchell and Helen Vermaak, directors of many musicals, have brought together popular local singers to take a new look at some oldies but goldies. The amazing voice of well-known songstress Erin Fourie joins the melodious sounds of Ryan Calder, Sandra Styles, Tammy Calder, Brandon Bosch, Jon Branch and Vermaak herself. Each singer has something special to offer, as, accompanied by the inimitable Jeff Judge, they perform new versions of such hits as Fly Me to the Moon, Misty, I Got Rhythm, That Old Black Magic, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Summertime, When I Fall in Love, The Way You Look Tonight and Let's Do It, amongst many other old favourites.

The Great American Songbook runs at the Hexagon Dive, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg on July 25 and 26 at 19h00. July 27 is sold as a fundraiser, but a few tables are left (ask for contact details) Tickets R75pp (or R70pp for a table of ten). These are picnic evenings (bring food, but not drinks – there is a cash bar) Bookings on or phone 033 260 5537. More information on