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Thursday, October 30, 2014


(Gary McKenzie, John Didlick & Grant Bell)

This weekend sees a further staging of the Gee Jays earliest successes. An hilarious compilation of songs, jokes and sketches entitled Not The Full Monty !

Originally staged at the El Guappo restaurant in Westville, the show was intended to “capture the hype around the movie The Full Monty, released in 1977 and was billed as “Durban’s answer to Yorkshire's answer to the Chippendales”! The Gee Jays feature Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell.

“Not only is it Not The Full Monty, but it is also not the Two Ronnies, not Michael Jackson’s other glove or Not The Nine O’Clock News, but it’s also not to be taken seriously,” says Gary McKenzie.

At the time it was one of the most successful shows in Durban featuring numbers like Under The Boardwalk, New York, Roy Orbison’s Only The Lonely, Things,  Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Calendar Girl,  Sweet Caroline, YMCA and Greased Lightning. You even find out who “ALICE” actually is!

“As the title of the review suggests, this is NOT the full Monty,” McKenzie adds. “But it may be considered at least half a Monty. With a series of gyrations we meet the founders of the male dancing group “The  Chippendales”, CHIP AND DALE. A veritable feast for the eyes. Specially if you are into the “Save the Whale” campaign. There’s also some seriously good close harmony thrown in for good measure.

“Be warned that some of the material in this review contains scenes of nudity or sex, strong language and violence.  Viewer discretion is advised (not really). If you don’t  laugh you’ll  cry.....”

The show runs at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof until November 2 and is presented in “supper theatre” format. Buffet supper will be served from 19h00 with the show starting at 20h30. On Sunday, the carvery lunch is from 12h30 with the show starting at 14h00. Tickets R195 pp for the meal and show. Show only option available at R120pp (no meal included)

Bookings can be made on 031 764 7843.