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Saturday, March 11, 2023



(Above: Andy Turrell; Mali Sewell; Barry Thompson & Dawn Selby)

(Pics by Harry Lock)


This show is headed to be a sell-out. Book early and you may still get in. Do whatever you can to see it. It is fabulous entertainment. (Review by Keith Millar)

The production Hot August Night is Durban’s great tribute band, The Reals, homage to the music of legendary American singer songwriter Neil Diamond.

And there is good reason why this production is brought back by “popular demand” to the Rhumbelow Theatre on a regular basis. It is just such a crackerjack show.

(Right: Dawn Selby)

The latest version of the show which is on for this weekend only at the Rhumbelow is no exception. It is nearly sold out so if you want to experience the magic, I suggest you book early. Trust me – it really is top class and well worth seeing.

Neil Diamond is without doubt one of the greatest contemporary songwriters there has been. In addition to writing over 100 songs—38 of them Top 10 singles—he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2018, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His career started in 1965 and now, in his eighties, he is still writing songs.

In their production Hot August Night, named after his best-selling album, The Reals tell the story of this brilliant, though troubled man, through his music, anecdotes about his life and AV presentations.

(Right: Barry Thompson & Andy Turrell)

The band is made up of Barry Thompson on both acoustic and electric guitar, musical director Dawn Selby on keyboards, Andy Turrell on bass and Mali Sewell on drums. Vocals are shared by Thompson and Sewell with backing from Selby.

The Reals are an experienced and very talented outfit. They never fail to deliver. But when they have a project on the go that they really believe in, and the audience respond to their performance, as they did last night, they seem to go up an extra notch. It was a performance to be savoured.

The first half featured hits such as Forever In Blue Jeans, A Beautiful Noise, I Am I Said, Shilo, Heartlight, Song Sung Blue and Cherry Cherry.

After interval they perform The Story Of My Life, Love On The Rocks, Desiree, Kentucky Woman, Longfellow Serenade, Soolaimon, Holly Holy, America and Cracklin” Rosie.

By this time the show has grown to a crescendo and Sweet Caroline and I’m A Believer had most of the audience on their feet dancing.

(Left: Mali Sewell)

This show is headed to be a sell-out. Book early and you may still get in. Do whatever you can to see it. It is fabulous entertainment.

Shows take place on March 10 and 11 at 19h30 and on March 12 at 14h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

Tickets R190. Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. Bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking.

Booking is essential through or Computicket.

For more information contact 0824998636 or visit

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Durban.