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DON’T TUNE ME AGAIN – EK Sê
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Calli Thomson
CAST: Gary McKenzie, John Didlick, Grant Bell, Andy Turrell (guitar), Jill Murray Brown (bass), Francois Hardy (drums), Calli Thomson (keyboards)
VENUE: The Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest
UNTIL: December 31
SEQUELS don’t always live up to the original, but this is not the case with the Gee Jays’ production of Don’t Tune Me Again – Ek Sê.
Back by popular demand, the hilarious sequel to their hit Don’t Tune Me – Ek Sê will take you back to the good old days of 1970s music and leave you with a sense of nostalgia.
Divided into two acts, the show features music by some of the greatest artists of the 1970s such as The Bee Gees, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Bats, Elton John, Elvis Presley and more. Some of the tracks featured include Mellow Yellow, I Hear You Knocking, Candyman, Kung Fu Fighting and No Woman No Cry.
From the get-go, The Gee Jays capture the audience’s attention with their humour. A skit in which the guys reminisced about toys made back in the day, such as yo-yos and Dingbats, received a roar of applause thanks to to Didlick’s side-splitting comedy.
And Didlick is as hilarious as ever. He may be a bit corny at times, but he’s still got it and is a favourite with the crowd.
The Gee Jays always deliver and that’s what keeps audiences coming back for more. The synergy the performers have with each other and the crowd is amazing.
On the night I attended, there was definitely a sense of nostalgia in the air as the audience sang along to their favourite tunes and exchanged looks with their partners when a track they were familiar with was played.
It was a memorable moment when the jingles for Chappies bubblegum, Squad Cars (a local radio show) and Springbok Radio were played.
The costumes also fit the production. From Presley suits to safari outfits, they nailed it. Each time the guys appeared on stage in a costume, the audience cheered.
The humour audiences came to know and love in the first show is still there. But it seems the original show had a better song selection while the sequel focuses more on nostalgic moments.
The highlights include the Elvis Presley medley (dressed in complete Elvis attire) and the reggae medley where The Gee Jays performed songs by Bob Marley and were dressed in Rasta clothing with dreadlocks.
The production is an evening filed with South African nostalgia and will be enjoyed by a middle- aged audience as they will find it more relatable.
• The production ends December 31 at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest. R215 Wednesday to Saturdays, R185 on Tuesday night and Sunday matinee. All prices include a two-course meal. Call 031 765 4197.