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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


(Tiaan Rautenbach, Peyton Amber, Maryke Buffel, Percy Smith & Gavin Esterhuizen)

Forever Young, The Barnyard Theatre’s new show, will take audiences on a musical journey through the music of the late, great legends of our time and runs at the Gateway venue from January 28. The show, featuring a 10-piece cast, is dedicated to those icons and singers who remain etched in memory because of their incredible music and song,

Forever Young begins when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper had a fatal aviation accident after performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. These three icons created a culture in popular music and they will always be referred to as Forever Young. The show honours these and other great performers and musicians who made their mark on rock ’n roll history.

Forever Young remembers everyone from the king of rock ’n roll, Elvis Presley; to the King of pop, Michael Jackson; the soulful Louis Armstrong, Barry White and Ray Charles; as well as the rock casualties from the 60’s such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Eddie Cochran.

The members of The Rat Pack are also remembered when we think of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and then there is the seductive Marilyn Monroe. Let’s not forget the likes of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Nina Simone and the brothers Robin, Maurice and Andy Gibb. 

More recent iconic singers who left their mark are also featured such as John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Michael Hutchence of INXS, Amy Winehouse and Bob Marley.

South African icons are also paid tribute to including Brenda Fassie, Margaret Singana and Miriam Makeba. Rocking guitar legends are also remembered in Gary Moore and George Harrison.

Forever Young will have audiences enjoying a wide range of music from pop, rock, soul, disco and reggae to South African music. Audiences can expect to hear everything from Peggy Sue and Wonderful World to Staying Alive, La Bamba and Pata Pata; to Beat It, Rehab and, appropriately, The Show Must Go On.

The show features a stellar cast with Tiaan Rautenbach, Percy Smith and Gavin Esterhuizen on male vocals; along with Maryke Buffel and Peyton Amber on female vocals. They are backed up by Regardt de Bruin on guitar, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Fresh Monanyane on bass guitar, Ruan Oosthuyzen on drums and Denzil Erasmus on saxophone.

Forever Young runs from January 28 to March 9. Tickets R145 pp Wednesdays to Saturdays, with discounted specials of R110 pp every Tuesday and R100 pp for Sunday matinees. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit For further information e-mail or visit