The programme give a few biographical tidbits about the eight composer lyricists portrayed by veteran performer Ian von Memerty. The audience is going to be treated to works by Freddie Mercury, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Billy Joel and Fats Waller. I am excited before I enter the theatre.
Von Memerty has now been performing for more than three decades. He tells the audience he is 52. He is an adult. I loved this show for all his many strengths.
I hated only one thing – the bum wiggles and pelvic thrusts. They should have been dropped two decades ago. They aren’t amusing and they are definitely not sexy. Please, no more of these. Ever.
There is only one other weakness in this show. The diction isn’t always clear. I’m old, like the rest of the audience. Von Memerty took pains to tell the audience we were old. So treat us like old people and enunciate clearly because we’re going deaf.
So, back to the strengths. Beautifully compiled, the medleys switch and change at an interesting pace, and have some local humour. The Cape rendition of “Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington” is worth its own corporate gig if time forbids more.
It is undemanding listening and easy viewing – even if the jokes are a bit thin – the music is lush. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and that’s what I usually want from an evening out. The set is by Mark Farrow, lighting by David Limbert, costumes by Morne van der Schiff and the photographs by Ivan Naude.
Keyboard Killers is compiled and performed by Ian von Memerty on keyboard and vocals with Bronwyn Clacherty on percussion and Andrew Warneke on bass. It performs in the Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino, until 30 October 2016. Visit pietertoerien.co.za