THE music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s is being revived for a new musical review being staged at Harare’s Reps Theatre during September.
The show is called “Those Were The Days”, running from September 5 to 22 with a cast
of over 25 singers, dancers and musicians on the Reps main stage. Directed by Stan Higgins, it features a selection of popular songs from the era of rock ‘n’ roll and pop and will appeal not only to people who remember the music but also to a new generation who may not know the numbers being staged.
The cast includes members of the 5Star boy band — Alex Fairlie, Nigel Hopkins, Richard Sticklen and Josh Ansley — as well as several performers who have appeared in previous Reps productions — Aaron Ziwande, Rowland Amm, Storm Evershed, Katya Petrova and Christina Pinto. New faces include Yassin Nhara, Shellah Moyo, Shamiso Chivizhe, Kudzanayi Gutu, David Richards, Clare Garrard, Tsitsi Tiriwokunze and Kudzai Kena.
“It was difficult selecting the songs to appear in this show,” said Stan Higgins.
“There was so much successful music during the three decades featured, so it was a case of choosing just a few of the songs and hoping these would reflect the styles and characteristic of the music of the era.”
Narration of the story is undertaken by Erin Cooper and Scott Newman, who help lead the songs through the decades. Erin is an accomplished actress seen most recently in Doubt in Theatre Upstairs and on the Reps main stage in The Last Tango In Little Grimley. Choreography has been in the hands of three people — Ryan Lawrence, Michelle Mesley and Nigel Hopkins. It was felt that dance would help bring to life the music featured in the story, which is set first in the 1960s tavern and later in a typical 70s disco.
Booking for the 12 performances of Those Were The Days is open at The Spotlight, which now operates Tuesday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 12 noon.