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80s vs 90s
DIRECTOR: Duck Chowles
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Jason Guile and James Dobson
CAST: Ruan Geldenhuys, Ray Oberholzer, Zakariyah Toerien, Chrystal Worship, Elizca Coetzer, Jason Guile, James Dobson, Romeo Moalusi and Brian Fraser
UNTIL: October 13
RATING: 3 stars (out of 5)
IF you’re a die-hard fan of either 1980s or 90s music, then you will enjoy 80s vs 90s. In a battle to prove which era rocked the most, the nine-member cast revive songs from both decades. We’re talking MC Hammer vs Bryan Adams and tracks like Nena’s 99 Red Balloons vs Bon Jovi’s Always.
Toerien and Coetzer (male and female vocalists) open the show with the former representing the 90s music and the latter the 80s. They are upbeat and full of spunk.
The first act featured songs such as Just Can’t Get Enough, Hero, I Will Always Love You and Hit Me With Your Best Shot. The second half ranged from Madonna’s Like A Prayer to The Spice Girls’ Wannabe. The second act definitely picked up the show and also included music from movies such as Men In Black and Dirty Dancing.
The set design complemented the theme perfectly and the sound was in top form on the day I was in the audience. Host and male vocalist, Toerien, stands out as he has a very charismatic presence.
But if we’re talking about great vocals, Oberholzer is the man. He sings with ease and can’t be faulted for his performances.
Geldenhuys was delightful and definitely a bit of guy-candy for the ladies. His performance of I’m Too Sexy was particularly memorable. Then there are female vocalists Worship and Coetzer. Worship sure knows how to hit a note and delivered a fine performance of Mariah Carey’s Hero. Coetzer is a fine singer, but her personality is more intriguing. As the host, she was bubbly, energetic and confident.
One of the highlights was the cast’s performance as The Spice Girls. The crowd especially loved Geldenhuys’s portrayal of Posh as he wore a short black number accompanied by stilettos and flirted his way around the stage.
But it’s no surprise that the moment a Michael Jackson song came on, the audience came alive. This was seen in Toerien’s performance of Black & White. He stole the show. Overall, the cast had amazing audience synergy, especially Coetzer, Toerien, Geldenhuys and guitarist Guile.
As for the costumes, from the leather pants and big hair to outfits representing movies from the eighties, they were spot-on.
Tickets: R140 from Wednesday to Saturday, with discounted specials of R105 every Tuesday night and R95 for the Sunday matinee show. For bookings, call 031 566 3045 or visit www.barnyardtheatres.co.za/ gateway.