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MORE THAN A FEELING
DIRECTOR: Gary McKenzie
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Dawn Selby
CAST: Barry Thomson, Mali Sewell, Richard Thompson, Dawn Selby, Bones (Peter Ball) and Eugene Havenga
VENUE: The Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest
UNTIL: July 29
Could you imagine reliving some of the most-loved classic rock of the 1970s? Well, stop imagining because you can do just that by making your way to More Than a Feeling at the Heritage Theatre.
The show takes you on a journey to the days when rock ’n’ roll ruled the airwaves and offers up the very best tracks of the era.
The show is divided into two acts and is full of catchy tunes such as Radar Love, Black Night, Stairway to Heaven and, let’s not forget, Boston’s More Than a Feeling. More so, it features tracks from the most-loved rock bands such as Deep Purple, Bad Company, Pink Floyd and more.
The performers had an amazing synergy with each other as well as with the audience. In a few songs, Havenga got the crowd to sing along, creating an atmosphere that lit up the beautifully arranged supper theatre.
As the show begins, well known guitarist and vocalist Thomson takes the audience through a brief history of the 1970s and that era of rock. On stage, he is versatile, charismatic and confident and it is very evident he has a passion for performing. He is extremely talented in his guitar playing and vocal ability. He plays from the heart and has a really good tone to his voice.
Also worth mentioning is bass guitar player and vocalist Bones, aka Peter Ball, who wowed the audience and instilled in them an energetic vibe. He was greatly admired by the crowd as they cheered him on during a solo, which earned him a standing ovation for his musical genius.
As for female vocalist and keyboardist Selby, she is truly phenomenal. Not only is she one of the cast, she is also the musical director of the production.
She has an amazing voice and her performance of Love Hurts really made a huge impression.
Throughout the production, the audience cheered as they sang along to their favourite Seventies tunes and there was even a bit of head banging and foot stomping to a few tracks.
Personally, the highlight of the show had to be the cast’s performance of More Than a Feeling which gave the crowd a dose of legendary rock. It was energetic and delivered perfectly, which really demonstrated their true professionalism.
From the set design to the sound, this production was very well put together and the look and feel of the Heritage Theatre reinforced the theme of 1970s rock.
The show is well worth watching and will be great for those Seventies rock fanatics who appreciate pure in-your-face classic rock.
• Tickets: R165 for Tuesday dinner and Sunday lunch, R195 Wednesday to Saturday with a two-course meal. To book, call 031 765 4197 or see www.heritagetheatre.co.za