INTERNATIONAL TRIBUTE SHOW CELEBRATING THE HITS OF THE LEGENDARY PIANO SUPERSTAR, BILLY JOEL, MAKES ITS GLOBAL DEBUT IN SOUTH AFRICA NEXT MONTH
Presented by Showtime Australia
From the producers that brought you the world-renowned tribute shows such as The Greatest Love of All (starring Port Elizabeth-born Belinda Davids), The Michael Jackson History Show (with Kimberley-born superstar, Dantanio Goodman) as well as Beatlemania On Tour, a brand new tribute experience is set to make its international touring debut in South Africa this April.
Piano Man: The Billy Joel Show, is the latest tribute show set to dazzle South Africans this Easter, launching from the hands of renowned universal production company Showtime Australia – who have proven over the years to be the leading producers in the global tribute show genre.
Set to premiere in Durban at Sibaya Casino from 18-28 April, Australian-born musician and piano man himself, Steven Michael, brings to life the highlights of Joel’s career live on piano, guitar and vocals, bolstered by tight band, iconic saxophone solos and rich backing vocals to make up that true and authentic, streets-of-New-York, Billy Joel sound.
As one of the most consummate songwriters, storytellers and most-loved musicians in popular music, Billy Joel’s work has infiltrated the lives of generations and played the soundtrack to our most memorable moments. You too can join in the musical celebrations of this legendary musician’s glorifying career, with this brand new global captivating concert tribute.
For Michael, performing in Durban this Easter month will be his first visit to the country. “Kicking off this show in South Africa will be such a thrilling experience and I can’t wait to ‘hit the keys’ for you guys.”
Australian-born Steven Michael has been playing piano professionally since the age of 13. Born-and-raised on Gold Coast, the 48-year-old musician first started playing piano and the age of eight and soon thereafter, started taking piano lessons to nurture his love for this instrument. Six months in, his hunger outpaced his lessons and Michael taught himself how to play piano by ear. The rest, as they say, is history. His early years were influenced by big piano ballads and big production numbers, this was usually the music of Jim Steinmann which included artists such as Meatloaf, Bonnie Tyler, and Air Supply. Then artists such as Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, and Billy Joel helped shape Michael’s playing style.
Michael plays piano, sax, guitar has carved out a career from celebrating Joel’s musical hits at piano-centric shows with mixed content, including some of his own compositions. For Michael, one of the hardest Joel songs to perform on stage is “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. “It is extremely hard to perform! Just remembering all those words is difficult, let alone singing them too,” he says.
Billy Joel is a one-of-a-kind performer who exuded such great energy on the piano and on stage. The key ingredients in this show are the live musicians. There’s nothing quite like a group of brilliant performers coming together to create a one of a kind experience. It’s what brings a show to life and fans are in for a treat with this new tribute concert experience.
Johnny Van Grinsven | Producer, Director and CEO of The Showtime Australia Group
So what can Durban audiences expect from the show?
“Fans can expect all their favourite songs played with all the energy and enthusiasm they would get if Billy himself was doing the show. I love his music and to bring this show to South Africa is such an honour,” shares Michael.
Audiences will be serenaded with ageless classics such as New York State of Mind, Just the Way You Are, Always a Woman, Uptown Girl, Only the Good Die Young, You May Be Right, Tell Her About It, The Longest Time, Say Goodbye to Hollywood, My Life and many more.
Tickets for this brand new tribute experience can also be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and retail at R250 each.