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Some fans have all the luck


Great tribute acts and stand-up comedy are the order of most of the next few weeks at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre.

With the panto winding down to its final "He's Behind You..." yells on January 13, we grown-ups can sit back and revel in a different kind of nostalgia.

For instance, The Magic of Motown on January 20 featuring 40 back-to-back classic tracks and choreography as seen on last year's Royal Variety Show. Or step back to New York's Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s with an evening of Swinging At The Cotton Club, featuring that new dance craze, The Lindy Hop on January 25.

Too far back?

How about The Magic of Wham? This hugely popular George Michael tribute act comes to town for one night only on January 26 and is set to be a sell-out.

Check the Belgrade's packed programme for all the rest including Phil Walker's "rockumentary" The Story of Guitar Heroes, not to mention Elvis and Neil Diamond soundalikes.

All this plus "Some Guys Have All The Luck" - a treat for Rod Stewart fans on February 1, immediately followed by an updated version of the Totally Tina story (above) on February 2, then there's the Kast-Off Kinks, featuring the former Kinks' musicians Mick Avory, John Dalton and Ian Gibbons on February 3.

And on February 12 there's at least three comedians for the price of one with a night of Screaming Blue Murder featuring Eleanor Tiernan, who writes a column for the The Times Online, Dan Nightingale, plus comedy illusionist Otiz Cannelloni - there's a name of conjure with - the self-styled man of Mystery, Madness and Magic.

Not a bad start to the year. Some fans have all the luck.

For details go to http://www.belgrade.co.uk/

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