Magical musical masterpiece at the LyricTrish Beaver
Trish Beaver: SA has got talent ... but not on the small screen. Go and see it in this show! You will be blown away by the Knights of Music.
Restore your faith in South African entertainment. This brilliant concept by Richard Loring and his long time associate Brian Schimmel will leave you buzzing with musical energy long after the musical chords have ended.
The casting of the six singers who sing a stunning ensemble of musical hits from the musical greats who have been knighted by the queen for their achievements is a magical stroke of genius.
The two women lead singers Carly Graeme and Tracey-Lee Oliver have incredible vocal range and they are outstanding performers. Their energy and stage presence was utterly impressive. The frequent wardrobe changes added to the pace of the show and also to the mood of each set. From sexy vamp-like wenches in tight stockings and bustiers, they transformed into elegant eveningwear almost imperceptibly.
Fine singers like these are truly given an opportunity to shine when given songs to perform from Broadway and West End shows such as I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables); I am the Starlight (Starlight Express); Who Wants to Live Forever (We Will Rock You); One Night In Bangkok (Chess) and so many others.
The melody and beautiful lyrics and the sheer power of the electric guitars made this an unforgettable evening out. The selection of hits not only sent the audience back through the decades on a nostalgic trip, it also reminded us exactly why the original composers and musicians like Paul McCartney and Andrew Lloyd Weber deserved their knighthoods.
For those (like me) who recognised the music, but who did not know a lot about some of the men who created the musical masterpieces, the narrative by an onscreen reporter added to the flow of the show.
Sexy Shaun V's rendition of Cliff Richard's song Wired for Sound was incredible and fellow singer Thokozani Nzima had the women in the audience wilting with his haunting song from Phantom of the Opera.
Usually the band members fade into the background, but in this show the band are given their opportunity to play to the audience and their talent is very much part of the show's success. All in all a fabulous show - a truly uplifting experience!
Knights of Music will run at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City until 8 November, 2009: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 20h30; Friday matinees at 14h30 and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 15h00.
Tickets are from R95 to R205. Bookings for all shows and performances at Computicket or at The Lyric box office on 011 248 5000.
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