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Sunday, September 11, 2016


(Mervyn Bartholemew takes the role of Amadeus)

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway presents something different as Amadeus Rocks! sees rock and classical music collide in its run until October 9.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart comes back to life as a sexy, romantic composer who has finally been given the chance to rock and roll. Amadeus Rocks! features nine musicians and singers who are all superb at their craft as they run through more than 30 songs.

From the opening chords of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, until the closing bars of Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock And Roll, Amadeus Rocks takes the audience on a journey through four decades of rock and soul, with a few classical hits to spice up the show. Throughout this two-hour musical extravaganza, the audience has a superb showcase of music where Bach meets Pink Floyd, and Amadeus rocks to the music of Stevie Wonder, Meat Loaf, Pink Floyd, Vanessa Mae, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, The Moody Blues and many more!

What will Amadeus make of these classics of the rock and soul genre? His famous Rondo Alla Turca running into Bryan Adams’ All For Love … well, why not? And that sets the scene for Amadeus conducting The Can-Can, and joining the band in the Electric Light Orchestra classic, Rock ’n Roll Is King.

The result is great variety and incredible fidelity to the originals, as well as a consistently high standard of musicality, both instrumental and vocal. From the moment the lights go down, Amadeus Rocks! delights its audience with a good variety of music!

In the role of Amadeus is Durbanite Mervyn Bartholemew, who is also joined on vocals by Percy Smith, Richard Hala and local lass Haylea Hounsom. The band is made up of Colin Peddy on guitar, Calli Thomson on keyboard, Bongani Sokhela on bass guitar, Aiden Foyster on drums and Carly Nauta on violin.

Amadeus Rocks! Runs until October 9 at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway. Tickets R155 pp from Wednesday to Saturday (R120 pp Tuesday nights and R110 pp Sunday matinees)  For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit

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