By Mandi Strimling
Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:49
The 1920's had Swing music, and the 30's and 40's saw Jazz taking front and centre. But the late 1950's had something that never went out of style. Good old fashioned Rock and Roll. The over sized sunglasses, hula hoop skirts and bee hive hairstyles may have fizzled out like yesterdays new's but the iconic style that is Rock music is alive and loud at the Joburg Theatre.
American Anthems, in association with Harley Davidson is on The Mandela stage now, direct from their sell out UK tour and for the first time in South Africa. This show is an absolute master class in rock music. A cast with voices that will leave you absolutely breathless, these guys will take you on an incredible journey. You will not stop singing, that is a promise. We guarantee that you will know the words to every single song no matter your age, and by the end of the show you will be on your feet dancing away, feeling as through you have just been to a Bon Jovi concert. No song is left unturned, and for that reason we leave American Anthems feeling completely satisfied that all the song's we'd want to hear at a show like this was performed. Just magic. They have not left out one song. Each one has been chosen for it's anthem like quality. The band is certainly jaw dropping. Their ability and passion for their craft resonates, and we're pretty sure we felt every note going straight through our bodies! Always an awesome feat.
Join the cast as they tell the tale of the fictional search for a legendary rock star who disappeared in the early 90's at the height of his fame. Route 66 FM leads the search for the star, Rocky Rhodes, tracking him all across America for one last concert.
Featuring hit's from Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Bryan Adams and Michael Bolton, you are sure to lose your voices, as we did from screaming out the words to every song. You'll hear classics such as Living on a Prayer, Sweet Child of Mine, Proud Mary, Walking in Memphis, Don't Stop Belieiving, and a version of Elvis's American Trilogy predominantly sung by Ged Graham that has enough emotion in it capable of making grown men cry. Rave Review's favourite performances? How do we choose!!!! Andy Wood's versions of How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, as well as I Don't Want to Miss A Thing definitely sticks in my head, not one note wrong. Pure class. Rob Castel is fabulous and performs one of the best versions of Walking In Memphis I have ever heard. American Anthems is not short on girl power either, Rebecca Kelly not only reminds us of stunning Lisa Marie Presley in both looks and voice, but her version of Just Like Jesse James brought the house down, while Tiffany Low showed some serious vocal stylings with Alone.
Huge kudos to Bernard Jay, CEO of Joburg Theatre for his tireless efforts to keep bringing these kinds of shows to South Africa. We need productions of this calibre on our stages, and South African audiences need to see them and support them! The Joburg Theatre complex proves time and again why it is at the top of its game.
Music most definitely makes the world go round. It defines the time and age we live in and we can't think of a better show to encapsulate the genre that has birthed iconic musicians and superstars. Don't be fooled; American Anthems is NOT a tribute show, it's an immortalisation of Rock and celebrates the singer's who made it unforgettable.
TICKETS ARE PRICED FROM R120 AND ARE ON SALE NOW EXCLUSIVELY BY VISITING WWW.JOBURGTHEATRE.COM AND PURCHASING YOUR PRINT-AT-HOME TICKET ON THE INTERNET. ALTERNATIVELY, CALL THE THEATRE'S DIRECT TICKETING LINE ON 0861 670 670.
RAVE REWARD - RAVE REVIEW, AMERICAN ANTHEMS AND JOBURG THEATRE ARE GIVING 1 LUCKY RAVE READER AND THEIR PARTNER THE CHANCE TO RELIVE THE MAGIC. THEY ARE ALSO GIVING YOU A FABULOUS AMERICAN ANTHEMS GOODY BAG! TO ENTER, EMAIL
WITH 'I WANT TO ROCK' IN THE SUBJECT.
8PM TUESDAYS TO FRIDAYS
5PM AND 8PM ON SATURDAYS
2PM ON SUNDAYS
CHECK OUT RAVE REVIEW'S PHOTO GALLERY FROM OPENING NIGHT BELOW -
Top SA designer JJ Schoeman, Rave Review's Mandi Strimling
and Leon Mare
Mandi Strimling and Brian Heathfield
JJ Schoeman, Mandi Strimling, Leon Mare and SA actress
Clive, Carole and Mandi Strimling
One of the stars of American Anthems, Andy Woods,
Mandi Strimling, and Bernard Jay CEO of Joburg Theatre
Mandi Strimling and JJ Schoeman