La Scena Musicale

Monday, 28 April 2014

This Week in Montreal: April 28 to May 4

Ted & Richard's 2 Pianos 4 Hands
Canada's highly successful musical, 2 Pianos 4 Hands opens at Montreal's Centaur Theatre on April 29th. Co-written by Alberta-born Ted Dykstra and ex-Montrealer Richard Greenblatt, the play has garnered critical acclaim since its creation in 1996. Four thousand performances and 200 cities later, the show has been seen by some 2 million people worldwide. 2 Pianos 4 Hands is about two kids who yearn for stardom. Amidst pushy stage parents, eccentric pedagogues, endless hours of piano practice and brutal competitions, the boys finally confront - if not accept - life's tough realities. Great talent is sometimes a burden and when the dream dies, it can be heart-wrenching. But the co-creators have fashioned an uproarious comedy that ultimately imparts poignant life lessons. The hilarious play features varying musical genres, from Bach and Beethoven to Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Joel. For every parent who thinks that their tyke might be the next Lang Lang, this is a must-see production. Its universal themes will also resonate with anyone who's ever dreamed of fame and fortune. April 29 to May 25. Centaur Theatre.
- Naomi Gold

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