Handful of Keys
Handful of Keys is Back – Evergreen, Updated and Expanded.
South Africa’s most successful musical revue ever returns due to never ending public demand. Launched in 1994, as a co-creation between Ian von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel the show has played over the last 23 years to more the 420,000 people in over 1450 performances.
Multiple awards, love letters from the critics and adulation from audiences have poured in for this “brilliant, hilarious and virtuoso celebration of the piano”. The show unravels as a constant surprise, from devastating wit to musical mastery, to piano pyrotechnics, to inspiring inventiveness – a two-hour fireworks display of excitement, energy and sheer, mind-blowing talent.
This year the creator and director Ian von Memerty, who has grown and developed the show since 1997 has added a new and dazzling difference. For the first time ever there will three keyboards and three pianists on the stage. “For our last performance of the 2014 – 20th Anniversary tour, we had 3 pianists together and the show achieved a freshness and vitality that breathed new life into a show which was still enthralling audiences”.
This year the three talents will feature 40 something Roelof Colyn. A Handful stalwart since 2001. Beloved by Handful audiences for his effortless charm, dead pan wit and the liquid magic of his playing.
Bongi Mthobmeni, (30) who is blessed with a beautiful voice, an impish personality, and an already impressive track-record in musicals as diverse as Starlight Express and Saturday Night Fever.
James Smith (19) the youngest person to ever appear in A Handful of Keys. As Ian says “It is a risk putting such a young person into a show as complicated and subtle as A Handful of Keys, but I believe that James, with his unique mix of musicality, quirky humour, and the beautiful timbre of his expressive voice is up to the challenge”.
Handful of Keys audiences can still expect highlights such as “The Complete of The Broadway Musical in 12 minutes”, Liberace, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Funeral for A Friend and the SA Medley – but of course with three sparkling talents on stage the opportunities to invent new material are tantalising.
Don’t miss this “endlessly evergreen explosion of entertainment”
Available Dates & Tickets
22 – 27 August
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