Entertainment Theatre Review: Radio Classics at the Baxter

Review: Radio Classics at the Baxter

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Watching Radio Classics you canít help but think ďItís such a cool idea. I canít believe it hasnít been done beforeĒ.

The format of the show is quite simple. Itís a Sunday evening and radio dj Clarence Ford is presenting his show. Only once a song is introduced it isnít played off cd Ė itís performed by a real live band, headed up by entertainer extraordinaire Alistair Izobell and his supporting band of equally talented performers: Nur Abrahams, Edith Plaatjies, Aleshia Solomons and an amazing seven piece band headed by Donveno Prins.

Throughout most of the show Clarence Ford is based in his ďstudioĒ on the right hand side of the stage and introduces each song, along with Izobell. Ford provides background about the original artist and the song, while Isobel shares their memories of the song and what they were doing when it was released. The dialogue between Ford and Izobell as they introduce each song is engaging, natural and as entertaining as the songs being performed Ė itís like youíre getting a comedy and cabaret show rolled into one. And also a glimpse into life in Cape Town during the sixties and seventies.

The playlist is extensive, quite varied (see below) and split in two, with a 20 minute intermission. Theatregoers should be familiar with most of the songs.

I was very impressed with Izobellís performance who, aside from a running commentary and some stellar musical performances, also pulled some very, very smooth and high energy dance moves on the stage Ė very impressive for a man who hasnít seen his twenties in quite some time. At the start of the show Ford mentioned Izobellís ability to find talent in Cape Town and the audience gets to experience this first hand Ė his supporting cast is simply stunning and each of them could quite comfortably hold a stage on their own Ė keep an eye out for the performances of "At Last"  and "Can You Feel It" in particular. In fact, Iím quite sure they could all comfortably make it into the finals of Idols - and watching and listening to the audience on the evening of the show, I think most of them would agree.

Radio Classics Playlist:  

  • Twilight Time- The Platters
  • Only takes a minute- Tavarres
  • Now that we've found love - Heavy D & the Boys
  • Never too much- Luther Vandross
  • English Man in New York - Sting
  • Your song - Elton John
  • This will Be - Natalie Cole
  • Stylistics Medley
  • At Last - Etta James
  • Brazil - Deon Warwick
  • Love time Love - George Benson
  • Party People - David Kramer
  • Rhythm of the Night - El de Barge
  • Save the Last Dance - Michael Buble
  • Mack the Knife - Nat King Cole
  • Midnight at the Oasis - Brand New Heavies
  • That's All - Tony Bennette
  • Moody's Mood - James Moody
  • If - Bread
  • Heaven Ė Tavarres
  • Can you feel it - Jackson 5
  • My Way - Frank Sinatra
  • Party People - David Kramer

Radio Classics is on at the Baxter Theatre Tuesdays to Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 5:00pm and 8:30pm and tickets are R125 ĖR150. There will also be a New Yearís Eve 2013 performance at R195

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