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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


(Helen Vermaak, Sandra Styles, Jon Branch, Erin Fourie, Tammy Calder, Ryan Calder & Brandon Bosch)

After a sold out season in July, The Great American Songbook is back by popular demand for the many people who missed out on this Pietermaritzburg production, and for those that wanted to see it for a second and third time!

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 people 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 presents the best that American music has to offer.

Peter Mitchell and Helen Vermaak, directors of many musicals, have brought together the top local talent 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 hits such 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 on the University of KwaZulu-Natal campus at 19h00 for 19h30 on November 29 and 30 and again from December 5 to 7. Tickets R75 (R70 pp for a table of ten). Picnic evenings so bring food, but not drinks as there is a cash bar. Bookings on 033 260 5537 or email: