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192: Another of those nights.


THE mirror ball is glittering dangerously, you've inexplicably bought a pair of neon platforms, sticking out from beneath your wardrobe is a pair of purple Spandex flares and that afro wig of your aunt's is beginning to look like an attractive option.

There can, of course, be only one explanation - Oh! What A Night is back in town.

Native New Yorker Kid Creole, aka August Darnel, has again teamed up with a talented cast of more than 30 actors, dancers and musicians to bring you the ultimate feel good show.

Bursting with energy, colour and men in very tight trousers, Oh! What A Night is a riot of funk and fun.

It's the loosely told story of young Ric, a wannabe disco star who is lured to the bright lights of New York City only to find himself falling in love with the owner of the Inferno Night Club, where Brutus T. Firefly nightly spins the disco anthems of your youth.

The plot may be a little thin, but what it lacks in originality is more than made up for with the vivacious performances of its cast presided over, of course, by the self-professed Wonderful Thing (Baby!) Mr Kid Creole.

After more than 21 years in the music business, a career, which has spanned theatre, pop and television, produced 12 albums (with the Coconuts) and now reached huge audiences with Oh! What A Night how does the man motivate himself to perform? "Oh that's easy," responds Creole. "It's all about ego, the more you feed it, the bigger it grows, until your head can't fit into your hat anymore."

It may be a "love me please" thing for Kid Creole, but he still feels that he has a lot to give. He said: "I'm constantly evolving, moving on. I still feel that I've a lot to do."

His character in the show acts as a kind of overseer, an all-singing, all dancing narrator who is always the voice of cool. Kid said: "The character of Brutus T. Firefly owes a lot to Kid Creole. He borrows extensively from my other stage persona, although crucially he is a DJ. I make my own music."

There is a planned reunion with The Coconuts in summer 2002, the band which Creole says will always be influenced by what he calls "The greats; Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Frank Sinatra, their influence gave us our Coconut sound."

When asked who currently impresses him musically, Creole has a surprising choice. He said; "I really rate Eminen, I think he's out of this world with his bravado."

Theatregoers, however, need have no fear of anyone brandishing a chainsaw during Oh! What A Night. What they should fear is whether they'll be able to keep in their seats as the fantastic sounds of the 70's carry them away.

Oh! What A Night isat The King's Theatre in Glasgow from September 19- 29.

Vintage year for Al

VETERAN troubadour Al Stewart returns to his native Glasgow for a gig at The Ferry on Thursday night after missing out Scotland on his last sell-out tour.

Stewart will be playing songs from his album Down In The Cellar - inspired by his love of fine wines - and from the 25th anniversary update of Year Of The Cat, which was re-released this week. The classic album has also been re-mastered, with several new tracks added.

The Scots singer will be supported by Teddy Thompson - son of folk rockers Richard and Linda - who recently released his self-titled album to critical acclaim.
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Date:Sep 14, 2001
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