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Fabulous musicals
07 Aug 2012
Estelle Sinkins

NOTTINGHAM Road songbird Cat Simoni has one of the loveliest voices I’ve heard yet and a versatility that allows her to turn her vocals to everything from Abba’s hits to songs by divas, like Whitney Houston and Adele.

In recent months, Simoni has become a familiar face thanks to the music revues she stages with fellow Gowrie Village resident Paul Spence, and while the pair will continue to perform shows around Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands, Simoni is also planning to showcase her talents in a number of solo performances.

Born in Durban, Simoni sang in some of London’s top venues for more than a decade, including the Ritz, the Dorchester, the Park Lane Intercontinental and the Berkeley Square Casino.

In her new shows, which have been written and directed by Spence, she’ll be sharing some of the experiences from her days in London, in Cat’s Night at the Ritz.

“It features all those fabulous songs from the smash-hit West End shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber, spiced with some of my personal experiences at the Ritz on London’s Piccadilly,” Simoni says.

Another show she can’t wait to perform is Funniest Girl Around, which is Simoni’s tribute to the musical legend, Barbra Streisand. It is laced with hilarious anecdotes from Streisand’s personal life and showbiz career.

In Cat Simoni – The Songs That Turn Me On, she performs her all-time favourite tunes, from bands and artists as varied as The Beatles, The Eagles, Queen and Adele.

“I also chat about my choices and why I adore doing the great love songs,” Simoni says.

To find out more about the new shows, visit www.zestshows.com

In the meantime, you can catch Simoni at Barbz Café in Gowrie Village on August 11, at 6.30 pm for 7 pm, where she and Spence will perform their music revue, Andrew Lloyd Webber — Supper Club. Tickets for the show, which celebrates all the British composer’s greatest songs and includes a number of anecdotes, are R180, including supper. To book, phone 033 266 6773.

On August 17, Simoni and Spence head to Richmond to perform Cat and Paul’s Night at the Ritz at Budz, at Blackwood.

In the show, two strangers bump into each other one rainy night outside the Ritz on Piccadilly. The next thing they know they’re on a bizarre and crazy neon-lit cab ride through London, and singing some of the most exciting show stoppers and romantic ballads written to date.

The show will take place at 6.30 pm for 7 pm, and tickets are R250, including a haute cuisine dinner and the show. Take your own drinks. To book, phone 082 566 4831.

Simoni and Spence will also perform Cat and Paul’s Night at the Ritz at the Victoria Country Club, at 7 pm for 7.30 pm, on August 24. Tickets for the dinner and show are R200. Phone Juanita at 033 347 1942 or 084 251 8166 or e-mail pro@victo ria.co.za The show is a fundraiser for the VCC seventh Fairway.

On September 1, you can catch the pair singing much loved Disney songs from Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and more, at Victoria Rose, Sherwood in Nottingham Road, from 1.30 pm to 3 pm. Tickets can be bought at the gate. Take rugs and drinks, and relax with the kids on the lawn. Inquiries: Lynn at 082 327 2307.

On September 8 and September 13, Spence and Simoni perform the songs of Abba at Barbz Cafe in Gowrie Village, and at the Amber Valley Club House in Howick. In the show, they celebrate the music of Sweden’s fabulous foursome in We Luv Abba!.

Tickets for the Nottingham Road show, which is at 6.30 pm for 7 pm, are R180, which includes supper. Take your own drinks. To book, phone 033 266 6773.

Tickets for the Amber Valley show, which is at 6.30 pm for 7 pm, are R80. No dinner. To book, phone the Amber Valley clubhouse at 033 239 5997 or Sheilagh at 074 137 3296.

And on September 26, you can catch Cat and Paul’s Lekker Springbok Radio Jol! at Linga Lapa in Nottingham Road, at 6.30 pm for 7 pm.

In the show, Simoni and Spence bring to life all the fun of the characters, jingles, serials and hot Springbok hits from back in the day. A retro blast from the good old days of braaivleis, bikini girls, sunny skies and chevrolets.

Tickets are R175 which includes dinner. To book, phone 033 267 001 or Matt at 076 220 8407.

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