David Scheel’s show, Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player, has been played internationally to critical acclaim.
This Australian composer/pianist/actor has been touring the world with this charming revue for fifteen years, and this tour is his first to Africa.
David Scheel is also a writer on conservation issues, living in a world heritage site, the Blue Mountains National Park, in New South Wales, Australia. His compositions, well the ones he played for us, are gentle and melodious, with no trace of “new music” atonalities – absolutely easy listening.
The programme itself is unimportant, but there is music, not perhaps quite as we know the works, and humour galore. My favourite work for the evening had to have been the one entitled Andrew Lloyd Webber meets J.S.Bach in which Scheel does a musical mix of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Memory.
Over the years other critics have said:
“He is as funny as any, wittier than most, and, uniquely, a concert pianist of international stature… He stands alone, in a class of his own.” [BBC Arts Review, London]
“The cleanest, funniest show in London…perfect timing, delicious pausing for maximum effect” [The Stage, London]
“A unique combination of classical piano and comedy. The audience was enthralled from start to finish” [WGAM (CBS) TV, USA]
“A master of the keyboard” [The Times, Critics’ Choice, London]
“Brilliant mayhem! He is a master of improvisation, accents, comedy, and down-right beautiful music”[Adelaide Advertiser, Australia]
I agree with these critics. To this I am going to add that I arrived at the theatre tired, sore and stressed and left feeling invigorated, amused and relaxed. I was not even aware of the aches and pains that beset me when I left home for the theatre. That is what good entertainment is about.
This wonderful show is on at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton until Saturday 6 July, 2013.