Music show heaven sent

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SOME of the world’s great entertainers may no longer be with us, however their music will live on at The Cabaret Club’s next show, Rock & Roll Heaven.
Being held next Friday at the Civic Theatre, the show will pay tribute to artists such as David Bowie, Cilla Black, John Lennon, Whitney Houston and many more.
Cabaret Club producer and director Neale Smith said this would be the second show the club had presented, following on from The Magical Mystery Tour which premiered during the recent Southland Festival of the Arts.
Smith said Rock & Roll Heaven was a different format to that show, with the club aiming to produce about four different products.
The style for next week’s show wasn’t set to be launched until March, he said. However, with the high number of performers who had died recently, including Bowie, Prince, and The Eagles’ Glenn Frey, performer Craig Waddell was keen to put something together.
Waddell said this was about the third rock and roll heaven-style show he had helped organise.
‘‘Because there’s been so many artists who have passed away this year… we thought the timing was probably right to do another one.’’
He said the cast included David McMeeking, Jason Schmidt, Maria Tipuna-Shore, Liv McBride, Aaron Ives, Daniel Monteath and this year’s Gold Guitar winner Alice Fraser.
‘‘We’ve got together some of the best entertainers in town.’’
The songs include powerful ballads, great rock ‘n’ roll and more modern items as well.
‘‘I think everyone will know just about every song.’’
The show would also feature AV presentations, with slideshows and video clips of the artists along with the vocal performances, Waddell said.
‘‘There’s a couple of wee surprises in there as well.’’
While the cast would perform artists which suited their style, they had also decided to challenge themselves with their song choices, hesaid.
‘‘We’re also trying to lift our game as well to bring something really special [to the stage].’’
Í Rock & Roll Heaven, Civic Theatre, Invercargill. Friday, August 5, 7.30pm. Tickets from the Invercargill City Council booking office. For more information or to become a Cabaret Club member go to www.cabaretclub.co.nz.

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