Buckets full of fun

2009-05-26 00:00

TWO men, two pianos, and a lot of laughs — that’s what audiences can expect when they head to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre to watch A Handful of Keys.

The show was first conceived by Ian von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel in 1994 — and for the next three years the two men performed more than 300 times to over 100 000 people, winning nine awards for best musical production and best perormance along the way.

In 2001, A Handful of Keys entered its second incarnation — again starring Von Memerty, but this time his stage partner was the then unknown Roelof Colyn. The pair toured nationally, before heading to London and Australia. Four years later the show was back on the road — this time with Colyn and Capetonian Jeremy Quickfall — and during the run racked up its 750th performance.

The latest version stars Colyn alongside Jonathan Roxmouth, who recently won two Naledi awards for his performance in the Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast.

During the show the duo perform a range of songs made famous by the likes of Bach and Beethoven, Alicia Keys, Fats Waller, Ray Charles, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Liberace and many more; as well as a quick-fire rendition of 121 broadway musicals in 10 minutes, which always brings down the house.

Speaking to The Witness, Colyn said: “Jonathan and I have been doing the show together for the past two years — as a pianist it is the ultimate show to do because it combines music with comedy and singing. It’s a real challenge, and it’s great to do, especially if you get along with your partner.”

Asked why patrons should head to the theatre to see the show, Roxmouth said: “It’s a no-holds-barred evening of laughs which has become a tonic to a lot of people.”

• A Handful of Keys runs until June 14 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Book at Computicket.

 

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