Platinum Jukebox @ Barnyard Theatre
The Barnyard Theatre’s newest production, Platinum Jukebox, is a journey of music, song and dance – starting with the gramophone in the 1920s and ending with the iPod in the 21st Century – and is set to run at the Gateway venue from 21 April to 31 May. The journey starts in the 1920s, when music from Louis Armstrong and Fred Astaire were the platinum hit songs and The Charleston, the waltz and the tango were the dance crazes of the time. Unsurprisingly, this was known as the Golden Era.
In the 30s and 40s the LP 331⁄3 RPM and the 45 RPM single records were invented in an era of peace, depression and then war. This period celebrates the sounds of Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and dance was dominated by swing, tap dancing and the foxtrot. Jukeboxes gained popularity in the 1950s with the advent of rock and roll which revolutionized music. Soon everyone was dancing the jitterbug, the hand jive and the rock and roll boogie woogie to the inimitable sounds of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Bill Hailey and The Comets.
The 1960s and 1970s saw the mass production of stereo albums, the affordability of turntables along with the heady hysteria of Beatle Mania and British pop invasion. Soon the world was dancing to the crazily named twist, locomotion and funky chicken. The 70s was also synonymous with the Bee Gees and disco dancing. Cassette tapes and eventually compact discs ruled supreme in the 80s, along with dancing styles such as the moon walk, break dancing, head banging and the electric slide to the music of icons such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.
The 1990s encountered the now embarrassing Macerena plus Latin American and line dancing to everything from Cotton Eye Joe to Achy Breaky Heart. In the 21st century, the iPod has become the flavour of the day with downloads taking the place of compact discs. Pop divas such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Rihanna now rule the world, and modern dance moves incorporate any style imaginable!
Platinum Jukebox is a journey of song and dance that covers every dance craze in the history of recorded music. The times have changed and so has music and fashion, but the songs live on forever in the Platinum Jukebox! The show’s stellar cast consists of Percy Smith, Kyle Matthews, Nontu Xulu and Peyton Amber on vocals; Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals; Dawn Selby on keyboards; Fresh Monanyane on bass guitar; Michael Ramasimong on drums; and dancers Duane Joaquim (also host) and Charlene Hendricks.
Tickets are R145 per person from Wednesday to Saturday, with discounted specials of R110 per person every Tuesday night and R100 per person for the Sunday matinee show. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 – 566 3045 or visit www.barnyardtheatres.co.za/
Barnyard Theatre, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga