A unique combination of classical piano and contagious humour!
David Scheel had Musical Melodies audiences in fits of laughter with Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player in 2016. Now he’s back with his new show, Mad Maestros, to celebrate musical eccentrics through the ages.
In Mad Maestros, David brings to life 25 of music's greatest and weirdest personalities in a virtuoso performance of narrative, character acting and piano playing. Bach, Beethoven, Sir Thomas Beecham, Al Jolson and many others are resurrected, and living musicians such as Philip Glass and Jose Carreras are impersonated with pinpoint accuracy. The greats will be joined and pitted against today’s top pop singers with David’s hilarious impressions in this wonderful mix of true stories and beautiful music.
From the love lives of Liszt and Al Jolson to the world’s worst singers, the most accident-prone opera, and the testy prima donnas; the secrets of music’s nuttiest composers and performers are revealed and illustrated with their music on the piano. Discover what Percy Grainger told his fiancée on the eve of their wedding; find out how Toscanini managed to lose an entire orchestra in the desert; hear what Sir Thomas Beecham had to say about singers (and everything else), and much more!
Mad Maestros would be a challenge for any actor or pianist, with an impressive mix of remarkable technique and sensitivity on the piano plus zealous impersonations. Add in more than a dollop of hilarious banter and you’ll know why David has been dubbed “the funniest pianist in the world”, and is widely regarded as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge.
With hilarity and virtuosity both displayed in abundance, you won’t want to miss Mad Maestros at RPAC.
"[David is] as funny as any, wittier than most, and, uniquely, a concert pianist of international stature ... he stands alone, in a class of his own." BBC's Arts Review