David Scheel in Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player at Proctors
David Scheel is a true Australian success story. So much so that he is regarded internationally as one of the finest solo musical comedy performers in the world. Born in Adelaide, David first tasted success in England, starring in the famous satirical News Revue in London’s West End. He then turned to devising solo shows, and the result was Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player.
Scheel brings his show to Proctors, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets, $27.50, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
An instant hit, sell-out London performances were followed by three consecutive Edinburgh Festivals, and the critical acclaim that goes with them. Not surprisingly, David soon found himself a regular on British TV and radio, in addition to touring widely to some 30 countries, and putting in guest appearances with artists as diverse as Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Eartha Kitt, Ben Elton, Jay Leno (in Los Angeles), Norman Wisdom and Patricia (“Hyacinth Bucket”) Routledge.
In David Scheel’s concerts you can expect to hear anything from a well-known folk tune played in the styles of various famous composers plus an iPod mini (!); two different pieces played with different hands at the same time; and a medley of the 20 worst tunes ever written.
His raconteur-style send-ups of the ridiculous include true stories of bad pianos he’s had to play, sharp-edged commentary on the celeb lives of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton & Co., and equally topical digs at politicians. His hilarious translation of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda is already an established comedy classic, and it’s set to be joined by his latest offering: Everything You Need to Know About Music Explained in 5 Minutes. All this in a huge range of voices and accents, which have led to frequent comparisons with Peter Ustinov, whilst his brilliant musical spoofs on the piano (as well as his serious playing of the instrument) saw him dubbed the new Victor Borge very early on in his career.
The BBC’s Arts Review program described David as being “as funny as any, wittier than most, and, uniquely, a concert pianist of international stature … He stands alone, in a class of his own.” Similar accolades came from the US media when he made his American debut 14 years ago, and both the USA and Canada have been firmly on his annual itinerary ever since.
David is perhaps the only classical musician to be invited to perform at major international comedy festivals, and, equally, the only comedian to perform regularly at classical music festivals, and his seasons at these have been consistently sold out.