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Saturday, April 30, 2016


 (Cat Simoni)

An entertaining and enjoyable trip down memory lane. (Review by Keith Millar)

Cat Simoni is certainly a versatile entertainer. She stylishly sings the music of everybody from Ella Fitzgerald to Barbara Streisand in her various cabaret styled shows.

In her latest offering, which is currently on at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, she transforms into a veritable, and glamorous, rock chick as she performs a rather diverse selection of rock hits.

It is a rather personal show as Simoni sings the music she loved and which had an influence on her life as she was growing up. She says she no longer writes her own original music as there are already so many memorable and enjoyable tunes waiting to be performed.

Her selection is most certainly an entertaining and enjoyable trip down memory lane as she sings mega-hits from the likes of The Eagles, The Beatles, Credence Clearwater Revival, Sting, Pink Floyd, Shania Twain, Led Zeppelin, Queen, David Bowie, Prince, Boston, Procol Harum and Stevie Nicks.

I particularly enjoyed her soulful interpretation of songs such as Hotel California, Stairway to Heaven, Bohemian Rhapsody and a Whiter Shade of Pale. Her Sweet Transvestite from Rocky Horror was also good fun.

Of note is Simoni’s dramatic piano work in accompaniment of her singing. It is very complimentary to her style and was most impressive. She also played an acoustic guitar and used backtracks for some of the numbers.

Simoni is an experienced performer whose career includes a successful ten year stint performing at many of the leading hotels in London. She has easy and friendly rapport with her audience which is displayed  in this show as she chats about the music and its influence on her life. The result is a laid-back and relaxed evening’s entertainment which will be enjoyed by all who love good rock music well performed.

Cat Rocks is devised and directed by Paul Spence and runs at Rhumbelow Theatre from until May 1 and again from May 6 to 8. Performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 20h00 and on Sundays at 14h00. There will be an extra performance on May 8 at 18h30.

Tickets R140 (R120 pensioners and tables of 8 or more). The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises).

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email or visit Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo. – Keith Millar