This is one of the best shows in SA theatre
ONE of the most successful shows in the history of South African showbiz, A Handful of Keys, with Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn, returns to Durban for a run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZuluNatal, Howard College campus, to celebrate 20 remarkable years from April 2 to April 27.
Von Memerty is probably best known for being a judge on SA’s Got Talent. When not in Handful of Keys, Colyn is a band leader, accompanist, arranger, composer, musical director and conductor in and for a myriad shows.
Featuring a firecracker script and two grand pianos played with unparalleled virtuosity, A Handful of Keys entertains with music and songs from Elton John, Richard Clayderman, Nora Jones, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Liberace to Bach, Debussy, Chopin, and many more. All the old favourites are still there: the History of the Broadway Musical (100 years in 16 minutes), the great South African Medley, and the Rock ’n Roll finale.
With new jokes and new costumes A Handful of Keys is as sparkling as ever.
The show has played to more than 400 000 people on five continents, in 1 250 shows, with five different cast combinations, and has garnered nine national awards after seasons across South Africa and beyond.
The show was conceived by and starred Von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel in 1994. In 2001, it entered its second incarnation — again starring Von Memerty, but this time alongside Colyn, who enjoyed a massive success in the show. The show toured nationally, and to London and Australia (twice). In 2005, Colyn was joined by Capetonian Jeremy Quickfall. In 2008, Jonathan Roxmouth paired up with Colyn and created a magical partnership that reignited the show.
The 2009 to 2011 season was a pure triumph. All five cast members, who have done the show in its 18year history, joined together on stage for what was an extraordinary night of theatre fire and magic.
Shows are Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm, and 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Booking for A Handful of Keys is through Computicket.
— Arts Editor.
Ian von Memerty (in orange) and Roelof Colyn (in yellow) star in A Handful of Keys at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban.