Taking A Musical Tour With History At Magma Arte & Congresos

Mon, July 16th, 2012 - By Colin

Ray Charles, Pink Floyd, and Adele are hardly the usual tribute act fare for Tenerife but History the new in-house show for the Magma Arte & Congresos centre in Playa de Las Americas is hardly a standard tribute show.

 

History at the Magma

 

This is a musical homage to the best of popular music from classical compositions, to big west end shows and rocking on through the great artists from the 1950’s to today. Director Eric Viana has made his name in Tenerife with shows like The Wall and Rock Story and the stage set and mix of theatre, music and acrobatics will be familiar to many who enjoy a good night out. Keeping the finely tuned favourites like Queen and Pink Floyd, History has added many more layers and dropped names galore starting with chanting monks that merge into Beethoven and Bolero.

 

History at the Magma

 

Magma may be a new venue to many, “that big concrete building near the bus station” is how many view it but the multi functional centre is cool and spacious inside as well as well placed for Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. The two tier stage gave plenty of scope for the eight singers, seven musicians, and 11 dancers and acrobats in a fast paced show full of lightning costume changes. You don’t just go to the show, the show comes to you, the piano stage that juts into the audience was mastered by Erica as she poured emotion into Phantom of The Opera and sound-tracked a black and white silent movie reel on the large circular screen high up on  the main stage.

The big hitters like Elvis, Prince, Tina Turner, and Madonna all took a bow but I was equally impressed by a few forgotten gems like Van Halen and Europe in a section of 80’s pomp rock. All the musicians got their chance to shine and the acrobats showed their skills with a slow motion Matrix type fight scene. The lighting and swirling smoke added to the spectacle and the Pink Floyd section impressed by recreating the bands famous stage set pieces like the building and destruction of The Wall.

 

History at The Magma

 

The audience were drawn in with popular anthems like Coldplay’s Viva la Vida and Queen’s We Are The Champions, the latter backed with a film montage of sporting heroes ending with Spain’s victorious football team – that was particularly well received. It wasn’t all loud and brash, tender moments were added by the youngest performer with her version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and a  closing tribute to the major performing stars that have made early exits over the years.

 

History at the Magma

FACT FILE

History – Magma Arte & Congresos, next to the bus station and below Siam Park in Playa de Las Americas. Tel 902109974
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm. Show lasts 2.5 hours with 2 breaks.
Tickets 35 euros, under 10’s free.
Bar in the show area, seats only, no tables.
Free car park and disabled access.
Box office open  Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Posted : Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 10:59 am
Category : nightlife
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One Response to “Taking A Musical Tour With History At Magma Arte & Congresos”

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