Pop Culture of the 80’s and 90’s is rampant in our lives today, but when it comes to music, which decade was the best? These two decades will determine this by undertaking a duel at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway, when 80’s vs 90’s is staged from 27 August to 13 October.
80’s vs 90’s will take audiences on a musical roller-coaster as the talented cast revive songs from both decades, but there’s also lots of fun to be had as two fanatical hosts go head-to-head to back their favourite era! The 80’s saw the emergence of new wave and electronic pop, while the 90’s experienced grunge and hip hop music, and rock music remained popular throughout both decades.
The show starts off with male versus female pop stars. How will Depeche Mode take on MC Hammer, and will Frankie Goes to Hollywood beat Dr Alban? Belinda Carlisle will have you singing along with Heaven Is A Place On Earth, as she takes on Alanis Morissette’s anthems like You Oughta Know and Hand In Pocket.
It then move on to the one-hit wonders. The 80’s gave us hits like I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight, 99 Red Balloons, I Don’t Like Mondays and Come On Eileen; while in the 90’s it was One Of Us, Ice Ice Baby and The One And Only.
The 90’s may edge ahead with the power ballads that ruled airwaves – think of Hero by Mariah Carey, I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, Always by Bon Jovi, and Everything I Do by Bryan Adams. The 80’s strikes back with Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler, and Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.
The competition gets hotter with the challenge of songs from the movies which covers everything from the 80’s Dirty Dancing, Footloose and Danger Zone; to Men In Black, Circle Of Life and Gangsta’s Paradise from the 90’s.
After flirting with girl and boy bands such as Bananarama taking on the Spice Girls and Boyz II Men, the show heads for an all-out icon showdown! How will the icons from the 70’s who made it big in the 80’s take on the icons from the 80’s who made it big in the 90’s? Will Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones match up to Bruce Springsteen, and how will Cher and Diana Ross shape up against Madonna and Tina Turner? Will Billy Ocean stand up to Michael Jackson, and what about Alice Cooper against Axl Rose?
Presenting the music from these dueling decades are Ruan Geldenhuys, Ray Oberholzer, Zakariyah Toerien, Chrystal Worship and Elizca Coetzer on vocals; backed up by Jason Guile (guitar and vocals), James Dobson (keyboards and vocals), Romeo Moalusi (bass guitar) and Brian Fraser (drums).
This show is a never-ending juke box that will take you on a ride through two decades of non-stop hits. Whether you’re a 80’s or 90’s fan, you are bound to be rocked, dance ’til you drop, and sing out loud and proud for the decade you love most!
Tickets are R140 per person from Wednesday to Saturday, with discounted specials of R105 per person every Tuesday night and R95 per person for the Sunday matinee show. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 – 566 3045 or visit www.barnyardtheatres.co.za/gateway. For further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/gatewaybarnyard