Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll salutes musical pioneers
It’s a challenge to decide who performs the most noteworthy tribute in Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll now on the stage at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge.
Was it Michael Clarke, who goes from Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles as seamlessly as he changes his dark glasses? Aurianna Angelique who earned the audience’s respect performing as Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield. Or was is it Lee Siegel’s rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” or the sensational strutting of Gerrad Everard as Mick Jagger?
Performing 60 tunes, the ensemble cast members showcase fantastic harmonies covering Motown classics, and others including the The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Supremes, ABBA, The Monkees and The Beatles, that make the era so cherished by music lovers of a certain age. Chuck Berry, Elton John, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Petula Clark are among the solo acts represented and the finale is a tribute to Elvis Presley.
On stage until August 7, “Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was written and directed by Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment as a sequel of sorts to “Twist and Shout: The British Invasion”, which boasted sold-out audiences in 2014.
“From the mid 1950s through the mid 1970s, a number of artists refused to bow to industry pressure and creatively set their own musical trends,” says Mustakas. “They were courageous and outrageous, and this production is our way of saluting the most influential rock and roll acts of the 20th century.”
The acts are brought to the stage during the final broadcast of Roy Solomon’s popular television show. With theatre-goers sitting in as the live studio audience, the farewell show features 20 years of music and cultural references from an era when families gathered around the television together.
While Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll is a celebration of music, announcer Sheldon Lubliner, Michael De Rose delivers charm and laughs throughout the show – especially in Tiny Tim’s “Tip-Toe Thru’ The Tulips with Me”. The television monitors mounted high at both sides of the stage project the live performance in that grainy style of the era.
The enthusiastic performances from singers, dancers and musicians along with the visual impact of imaginative sets and costumes combine in this light-hearted show that’s packed with favourites.
Regular performance tickets are $44 for adults; $26 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $36. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
“Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll” runs through August 7. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, online at www.draytonentertainment.com or by calling the Box Office at 519-621-8000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).