Margaret von Klemperer
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26 Jan 2008
00:00

Hit music show ‘Magnificent 7’ at the Sneddon

Margaret von Klemperer

Last year, Durban audiences gave funnyman Aaron McIlroy and Port Elizabeth’s Centrestage All-Star Band a double thumbs up. They took the town by storm with the Magnificent 7, packing in the crowds at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre with their tribute to seven of the world’s all-time supergroups: the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees, Rolling Stones, Abba, Credence Clearwater Revival and Queen.

Last year, Durban audiences gave funnyman Aaron McIlroy and Port Elizabeth’s Centrestage All-Star Band a double thumbs up. They took the town by storm with the Magnificent 7, packing in the crowds at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre with their tribute to seven of the world’s all-time supergroups: the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees, Rolling Stones, Abba, Credence Clearwater Revival and Queen.

Later in the year, they triumphed again with the show’s retro sequel, showcasing mega hits of the next generation of the world’s superstar bands, in Magnificent 7 # 2. And now, in response to popular demand, the original production comes back to the Sneddon for a limited run from January 30 to February 10.

Mega-hit songs featured include a sequence of Beach Boys feel-good surfing harmonies, with classics such as Barbara-Anne, Surfing U.S.A. and California Girls; a wealth of Beatles favourites; Bee Gees disco hits like Saturday Night Fever and Staying Alive; Abba’s Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia and all-time favourites such as Mick Jagger’s Satisfaction, Jumping Jack Flash and Honky Tonk Woman. Add to these Credence Clearwater Revival crowd-pleasers and the sweeping harmonies of Freddie Mercury and Queen. It’s a winner all the way.

Centrestage give the music a virtuoso make-over, bringing audiences to their feet night after night. And McIlroy contributes the laughs as well as his own musical cameos.

Centrestage’s musos are lead singer Rory McLaren, reprising his irresistible Freddy Mercury, and Gino Fabri as Mick Jagger, along with music director Donovan Hattingh, Andre Strydom, Wayne Kallis, Mike McAully and the show’s five-star backing vocals contingent.

•Early booking at Computicket is strongly advised. See www.centrestage.co.za for more information.