La Scena Musicale

Monday, 5 May 2014

This Week in Montreal: May 5 to 11

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 dreamt of fame and fortune. April 29 to May 25. Centaur Theatre.
- Naomi Gold

Montreal West Operatic Society Celebrates a Diamond Jubilee
MWOS’s seventy-fifth satirical season of G&S features Patience or, Bunthorne's Bride, the sixth operetta (of 14) co-written by William S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan. Patience parodies the pretensions of England's aesthetic art movement (circa 1880), and its most prominent proponents such as poets A.C. Swinburne, D.G. Rossetti and wildly popular playwright, Oscar Wilde. Pining away for pretty milkmaid Patience, Reginald Bunthorne attempts to woo her with his poetic musings, which she finds rather pompous. Particularly pleasing is the patented G&S patter song. Savoyards and historians take note: Patience inaugurated London's Savoy Theatre in 1881, and the legendary theatre actually pioneered the use of electricity in a public auditorium. May 7, 10, 11, Victoria Hall, Westmount, May 15, 16, 17, The Hudson Village Theatre, May 31, The Piggery, North Hatley.
- Naomi Gold

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