Win eight tickets to see “That’s Life’

From left are Evan Roberts, Shylo Pereira and Samantha Landers, stars of That’s Life.

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BY BILLY SUTER

A CLASSY cabaret that premiered in April at The Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof is to have a Durban season at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this and next weekend – and SoSuterBill has eight tickets to give away to the opening performance at 8pm this Friday, November 16.

The show is That’s Life and it is scheduled for performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 16 and 17) and 2pm on Sunday (November 18) – and at the same times the following weekend, November 23 to 25.. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland on 082 499 8636.

Details on how to enter the competition appear at the end of this story.

That’s Life features versatile Durban pianist Evan Roberts, former Voice SA contestant Samantha Landers (also seen in The Reals’ Poetry in Music) and someone I had not seen on the local circuit before, Durban vocal coach Shylo Pereira. She was a 2010 Idols contestant, a blonde with a beautiful, versatile voice and a charming stage presence.

Pereira, who is also adept on violin and piano, talents not showcased in That’s Life, is quite an exciting find, and I hope we get to see a lot more of her on local stages.

Both she and the amiable Landers, a delight in her comfort zone with character songs and ballads featured in this show, are in excellent voice. Each shines in demanding solo performances and in harmony with one another in a production making use of excellent musical arrangements devised with Roberts.

The trio has come up with an elegant and hugely enjoyable cabaret that is a must, especially if you are a fan of show tunes and popular songs lent new life through novel interpretations.

Loosely based on a narrative of women friends whose relationship is rocked when both are wooed by the same man, and who later reconcile, the show unfolds on a small stage. The piano is positioned centrestage, flanked on one side by a small table with a candle and wine glasses, and on the other by a hatstand with a coat, hat and feather boa. It is effectively lit by Sarah Claxton.

Opening with three wonderful, very well delivered songs from the musical Wicked – What is This Feeling, Popular and I’m Not That Girl – the show moves at a brisk pace and covers a wide spectrum of well-known and lesser-known songs from shows as well as charts old and recent.

Both Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Britney Spears’s Oops, I Did It Again get a slinky, jazzy treatment, as does George Michael’s Careless Whisper, while the lesser known comic numbers 15 Pounds Away From My Love, The Girl in 14G and the jaunty Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Like to Howl (from the TV musical series Smash) add to the smiles.

Pereira is particularly good in quieter moments – a haunting Losing My Mind from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and the poignant The Story by Brandi Carlile.

Landers delights with the belting They Just Keep Moving the Line (also from Smash) and in duet with Pereira for I Feel Pretty/Unpretty, Don’t Rain On My Parade, You’ve Got a Friend and Cheek to Cheek.

Roberts is an infinitely better pianist than he is a vocalist, but he has an interesting vocal style, very much his own. He contributes a few solo songs here, the best being his gutsy This is a Man’s World and If It Moves You. I wasn’t quite as thrilled with his rendition of Pure Imagination.

That’s Life is a show that comes highly recommended Treat yourself and some friends!

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WIN EIGHT TICKETS TO SEE “THAT’S LIFE” AT THE UMBILO RHUMBELOW THEATRE    

To put yourself in line to win a table of eight to see the impressive That’s Life at the Umbilo branch of The Rhumbelow Theatre – at 8pm on Friday, November 16  – you simply have to be a follower of my site. At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’S CONTACT FORM) to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘THAT’S LIFE’ in the subject field. 

The winner of eight tickets will be chosen and notified after 6pm on Tuesday, November 13. Good luck!

NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.

ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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