We are the exclusive U.S. representation for acclaimed pianist and actor, David Scheel.
Born in Australia, David Scheel enjoyed dual but separate careers “down under” as a concert pianist and actor, on stage, in films and on television. This would all change when he moved to Britain in the 1980’s, where he found himself starring in the famous New Revues in London’s West End. Other projects followed including the lead in the musical, Stepping Out. While starring in another revue, his fellow cast members encouraged him into trying his hand at a solo show, combining his musical skills and exceptional talent for mimicry.
What began as a one-night dare completely turned David’s career around! His first one-man shows soon blossomed into a smash hit, Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player, which has now been touring the world for 15 years! Don’t Shoot Me, . . . sold out in the West End and then again for 3-consecutive Edinburgh Festivals, and led to David becoming a regular on the top-rated BBC Radio and TV shows, Stop The Week and The Garden Party. By the time David returned to Australia, his tally of television and radio appearances topped 1,000.
In David’s concerts, classical music is turned on its head. At any time you may hear a popular folk song played in the styles of Mozart, Rachmaninoff, an iPod mini and a blues, or he may play a piece by Bach in the right hand and one by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the left – at the same time!
A miniature concerto based upon the 20 worst tunes ever written is another favorite. But in between times he will unwrap one of the classics, or one of his own highly lyrical compositions, and reveal his true quality as a pianist. And among all this, side-swipes at the icons of modern living: junk food, supermarkets, computerized voicemail and politics, plus a hilarious translation of the lyrics to Waltzing Matilda, all delivered with a huge variety of comic voices and accents.
Constantly updated with fresh material, Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player continues to enjoy enormous success worldwide, and it is perhaps small wonder that David’s first major North American tour was greeted with standing ovations from Day One, and now, several tours later, the USA is firmly established on his annual itinerary.