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Sunday, February 2, 2014


 (Platform Jazz. Pic by Gavin Keith Forrester)

Well-known musical director Dawn Selby gives her opinion of the current show at Rhumbelow Theatre.

If you are looking for a fun-filled evening of swing, jazz and Dixieland music, don’t miss the final shows today (Sunday, February 2) of Showtime at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre. Platform Jazz comprises eight of Durban’s finest performers and they are wowing their audiences with their talent.

Showtime contains an exciting repertoire of foot-tapping songs from the great show and theatre pieces of the last 100 years.

Band leader Cathy Peacock is on trumpet and provides interesting facts between songs, amusing the audience with her quirky sense of humour. This professional band is slick, featuring the legendary Melvyn Peters on piano, Ian Holloway on clarinet, Duncan Wooldridge on trombone, Andreas Kappen on double bass, Bruce Baker on drums and Jonathan Judge on sax. Vocals are provided by the very talented Shelly McLean.

Take a trip down memory lane with songs like Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, Nat King Cole’s Straighten Up and Fly Right, My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music, Abdullah Ibrahim’s Mannenberg, Brazil, The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book and Shelley’s beautiful solo vocal and piano rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

This is top class entertainment by superb performers who obviously enjoy the evening as much as the audience. The sound is superbly controlled by engineer Andre Norden, and hats off to Rhumbelow Theatre manager Roland Stansell for showcasing Durban’s cream of talent and providing a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

The final performances take place at Rhumbelow Theatre today (February 2) at 14h00 and 18h30. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner)

Tickets R120 (R100 pensioners and tables of 8 or more) and booking is essential. Bring food picnic baskets. Braais will be available for those who wish to cook some meat and a bar is also available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking.

Book at Computicket or contact Roland on 031 205 7602 or 082 499 8636 or email or visit - Review by Dawn Selby