The night was Thursday, 1 December 2015. The work day was all kinds of crazy, the silly season was on my doorstep... I needed a break, an escape, a safe haven. I found it at the gorgeous Theatre on the Bay at the opening night of Rocco De Villiers’ All About the Music.
This show is blissful escapism that makes your heart sing. Rocco brings the piano keys to life, as he takes you on a sometimes comical, but always brutally honest, journey of his love of music. From his first professional performance behind a gazebo somewhere in Waterkloof, to sold out shows and main stage spotlight experiences, with a Hong Kong public bathroom revelation in between, this show will leave you grateful, light hearted and fully revived, ready to take the last few days of 2015 by storm with a huge smile. It will make you appreciate the extraordinary moments that take you by surprise in the everyday rush of life.
All About the Piano transformed my mood from everything-is-too-much sadness as I took my seat, to freely giggling with delight, and wiping away “oh wow, how absolutely beautiful” tears as I gleefully soaked up every note of his heavenly rendition of 'Silent Night'. With every talented stroke of the ivory keys, Rocco proves beyond a doubt that music speaks a language that the heart can hear without someone having to utter even a single word.
Unbelievable? Believe it!
Give yourself an early gift this festive season, and rush on over to hear him tell stories of his beloved Free State, tango you through the naughty triangle of the 'Two Saints and a Pregnant Woman', and reveal to you the moral of the story behind every musicals. He may even throw in a DNA Disaster and some Boere Cocaine anecdotes too ;)
This show is simplistic, beautiful, and pure uncensored entertainment. Grab your tickets for this honest journey at Computicket (R100 - R170) before South Africa’s answer to Elton John jets off again after 5 December to dazzle another audience with his magical music.