Rich pickings at The Rhumbelow

The Black Lapels – from left Rob Warren, Gareth Gale and Garth Warren – with guest guitarist Luke Wyngaard, in their tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.



MUSIC from the evergreen musical My Fair Lady is on the programme for the latest show by versatile and ubiquitous Cat Simoni ,who is based in Hilton, but planning to make Cape Town her home base later this year.

Wouldn’t it be Luvverly!, in which Simoni appears alongside Paul Spence, her manager and director, is scheduled for performances at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, January 22. The show will then be performed at the Rhumbelow’s Pietermaritzburg branch, at the Allan Wilson shellhole in Durban Road, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, February 12.

Cat Simoni and Paul Spence will perform songs from My Fair Lady.

Both venues open 90 minutes before the performance for a bring-your-own picnic.

Devised and directed by Spence, Wouldn’t it be Luvverly! celebrates the Higgins and Eliza story through the music of the wonderful Lerner and Loewe, the repertoire including I Could Have Danced All Night, With a Little Bit of Luck, On The Street Where You Live, Show Me!, Get Me to the Church on Time, Let a Woman in Your Life and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners for the first weekend only) and Roland Stansell is your contact to book (call 082 499 8636).

Also headed for the Rhumbelow’s Umbilo branch, at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road, is a repeat of the hit Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute show, starring Durban band The Black Lapels – Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, Garth Warren on bass and backing vocals, Gareth Gale on drums, and guest Luke Wyngaard  on lead guitar and backing vocals.

Performances have been scheduled for 8pm on January 13 and 14, and 2pm and 6.30pm on January 15. The show will then be staged at the Pietermaritzburg branch at 2pm and 6.30pm on January 22.

This great show features such hits as Bad Moon Rising, Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Hey Tonight, Someday Never Comes, Down on the Corner and Suzy Q.

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and large group bookings of 20 seats or more).

Also note that The Rhumbelow will open its new branch on January 8 – at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof. The show chosen for the occasion is another success from The Black Lapels – their earliest hit, The Johnny Cash Tribute, also featuring Clare McIlroy (sister of award-winning funnyman Aaron McIlroy).

Scheduled for performances at 2pm and 6.30pm on January 8, this widely acclaimed show features fine songs about prison, trains, guns, love and heartache.

Rob Warren as Johnny Cash and Claire McIlroy as June Carter in the acclaimed The Johnny Cash Tribute.

Hits featured include Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, Cry, Cry, Cry and Walk the Line. Also featured are songs associated with Cash’s wife, June Carter:  Jackson, It Ain’t Me Babe and Jukebox Blues.

Tickets cost R150 each and booking is at Computicket or through Roland Stansell.

No food and drink is allowed to be brought into this venue. An a la carte menu is available at the hotel’s restaurant. To make a reservation phone 031 764 7843. (A buffet is available at R105 a head, less 20% for pensioners).

Also headed for the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo soon is a new show by local swing band Platform Jazz (with vocalist Shelley McLean). The Gee Jays vocal trio are also planning a new show there soon.
Watch this space!

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