SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 AT 3 PM – 4:45 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021 AT 2 PM – 3:45 PM
MORE THAN A HANDFUL
A story of music, mayhem, meltdowns and miracles.
Etienne Rousseau Theatre
3 - 5 December 2021
Tickets: R150(60+) R180(60-)
How to book:
Send a WhatsApp to 0632175147 with your name and surname, number of tickets required and your email.
How to pay:
Transfer the money to the ERT bank account and send us the payment confirmation.
You will receive your tickets in your name at the door of the ERT 30 minutes before the start of the performance.
ERT Bank Information:
ACCOUNT NAME: ETIENNE ROUSSEAU THEATRE
BANK: FNB (First National Bank)
BRANCH: SASOLBURG (250655)
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62551342092
Award-winning music director Bryan Schimmel, has been at the musical helm of blockbuster musical theatre
hits such as JERSEY BOYS, WE WILL ROCK YOU, CHICAGO, RENT, ANNIE and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. From
rock bands to Big Bands, string quartets to symphony orchestras, pop to hip-hop, he is also one of the top
musical arrangers in the country, having orchestrated music for major high-profile events and numerous Alist
artists. Bryan is probably best known for co-creating and performing in the original A HANDFUL OF KEYS
in which he thrilled audiences with a dazzling display of pianistic virtuosity and his infectious sense of
Twenty-five years later and a quarter century of life experience behind him, Bryan pulls back the curtain to
reveal the real person behind the maestro. BRYAN SCHIMMEL: MORE THAN A HANDFUL takes the audience
on an autobiographical 'rise-and-fall-and-rise-again' journey interspersed with Bryan’s unparalleled
mastery at the piano.
“18 months of Lockdown have been indescribably difficult for many of us in the live theatre industry. But it
has also been an opportunity to be creative”, says Bryan Schimmel. “In 2016 I started giving TedTalk-type
speeches about the events that have shaped my life. The reception to these speeches was extremely
positive. So during the lockdown, I used the luxury of time to create and develop a project that combines
elements and content from those speeches with piano playing and entertainment, to create a unique live
Schimmel reunites with award-winning designer Denis Hutchinson (A Handful of Keys, Freud’s Last Session,
Forever Plaid) and highly acclaimed director Alan Swerdlow (A Handful of Keys, The King & I, History Boys), who
has co-written the script with Schimmel. “I am going to be doing things in this show that I have never done
before and look forward to the challenge”, adds Schimmel, excitedly.
The production is produced by VR Theatrical (Rock of Ages, Here’s to You, Avenue Q) who are renowned for
getting behind new and developmental theatre projects. In the spirit of shepherding new producing talent,
singer and actress Lorri Strauss (Rent, We Will Rock You, Loving You) joins the team of this show as Associate
BRYAN SCHIMMEL: MORE THAN A HANDFUL will have its premiere at the Etienne Rousseau Theatre,
Sasolburg on Dec 3 – 5, 2021. To ensure a safe theatre experience, socially distanced seating, with all Covid-
19 protocols will be in place and masks will be required for the duration of the performance. This production
carries a PG rating and includes adult themes.
Schimmel’s unique mix of musicality, quirky deadpan wit, and an inspirational account of a fascinating life,
make BRYAN SCHIMMEL: MORE THAN A HANDFUL a thoroughly engaging and entertaining show that will
Running Time: 100mins (No interval)
Cast: Bryan Schimmel
Written by: Bryan Schimmel & Alan Swerdlow
Direction: Alan Swerdlow
Setting & Lighting: Denis Hutchinson
Etienner Rousseau Theatre Sasolburg: