2 Pianos 4 Hands

2 Pianos 4 Hands

by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt
About the Show

2 Pianos 4 Hands is the riotous tale of two boys in Canada, Ted and Richard, sharing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. They work fervently towards their dream amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions and the dream of greatness.

Two actors, two pianos and many, many characters grace the stage as fifteen years of learning the art of piano playing unfolds.  From classical to pops to jazz, the play provides the chance for two performers to give their all in a 120-minute virtuoso performance.   Along the journey the actors/pianists portray a dazzling range of characters embellished with a show of piano wizardry featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven and Jerry Lee Lewis.

As they mature, Ted and Richard become more aware of the gap between the very good and the great, and come to the humbling realization that greatness may be out of reach.  And there lies the universal plight of all those with an ounce of training and talent and the will to "be" a professional musician, or athlete, or actor, or dancer.

2 Pianos 4 Hands captures the humour that comes with learning to play the piano, and the sense of loss of eventually learning to let go of the dream.

Please visit the official website at www.2pianos4hands.com

Upcoming Productions

2015

October 13 - 31, 2015:  The Grand Theatre 471 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 3E4 CANADA. Box Office:  (519) 672-8800

2016

February 11, 2016: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts 390 King Street West, Kingston ON, K7L 2X4 CANADA. Box Office: (613) 533-2424

February 16 - March 6, 2016: Neptune Theatre 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax NS, B3J 2B2 CANADA. Box Office: (902) 429-7070

Production History

Since its premiere 15 years ago, 2 Pianos 4 Hands has had more than 5,000 performances at 200 different theatres throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  It has played to nearly 2 million people worldwide making it one of the most successful Canadian plays ever.

It all began back in 1994 at the Tarragon Theatre.  Ted and Richard formed Talking Fingers, and workshopped their new script 2 Pianos 4 Hands.  It was subsequently programmed as part of Tarragon's 1995-1996 season where it received rave reviews.  After a sold-out run, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production and the prestigious Chalmers Award, they set off on a national tour.

In the fall of 1997, backed by a team of producers including David and Ed Mirvish, 2 Pianos 4 Hands opened Off Broadway at The Promenade Theatre.  The production was widely acclaimed, and ran for six months before transferring to the Kennedy Centre in Washington.  Ted and Richard returned to Toronto with 2 Pianos 4 Hands in 1998 and played sold-out houses at the Royal Alexandra Theatre with Mirvish productions and in 1999 their production had its European premier at the Comedy Theatre in the West End of London.

In the fall of 2003, Ted and Richard reunited to perform in the greatly anticipated Toronto revival at the Elgin Theatre, again playing to sold-out houses and spectacular reviews.  In the spring of 2004, Ted and Richard toured to Tokyo, Japan, where they played for three weeks at the prestigious Le Theatre Ginza, presented by Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Then, in the fall of 2011, Ted and Richard returned to the stage in Toronto to reprise their roles in celebration of the 15th Anniversary.  It marked the kick off to their farewell tour of this much loved show, breaking box office records at Mirvish Productions' Panasonic Theatre over their 10 week sold out run.  Later, they toured the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, and traveled to Japan or a second time, this time playing four cities - Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya and Osaka.

For more information about 2 Pianos 4 Hands please visit the official show website:  www.2pianos4hands.com.

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Reviews

"A shining '2 Pianos 4 Hands' is about the rigors of mastering the instrument, but it's for anyone with a dream." - The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, USA)

"Anyone who has ever taken a piano lesson, or, much more significant, ever simply encountered some kind of career or life disappointment and moved on, can identify with their story, chuckle and have a great time.  The show delights on two levels - you might empathize on both or merely on one. It doesn't matter. It should hit you on the ironic funny bone of self-identification." - The New York Post (New York, USA)

"Not a sour note.  Not a lost chord.  Not a misplaced phrase." - The Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada)

"2 Pianos 4 Hands is staged with wit and a pleasing clarity...A damn fine way to treat two Steinways." - The Independent (London, UK)

"While many of the pieces are played seriously, the show is anything but; take-offs, pastiches and routines in the style of Liberace and Borge abound, as do hilarious one-liners. After all, this is primarily a piece of theatre, and what it offers is a razor-sharp insight into the world of training and competition." - Variety (New York, USA)

"This joyful, playful and invigorating piece is precisely what our summer audiences love -- great music, great performances. It draws in audiences from all walks of life; from people of 8 to 84.  It was such a crowd-pleaser last year, that we were thrilled to welcome it back to Hartford Stage this summer." - Michael Wilson (on Marquis Entertainment's production of 2 Pianos 4 Hands), Artistic Director, Hartford Stage (Hartford, CT, USA)

"It's hard to believe that anyone involved in theatre hasn't already heard of 2 Pianos 4 Hands, as it's already been a hit from coast to coast.  Like our peers, we had great success with this show, from the professionalism and thoroughness of Marquis Entertainment to the tour-de-force performances, enthusiastic audiences and strong box office.  It's a must for any community that hasn't already experienced it." - Richard Stein (on Marquis Entertainment's production 2 Pianos 4 Hands), Executive Director (up to 2007), Laguna Playhouse (Laguna Beach, CA, USA)

"Be glad Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt suffered tormented childhoods. Be thankful, in fact. Because if they hadn't, odds are 2 Pianos 4 Hands their hilarious show that just opened at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, might never have happened." - The Washington Post (Washington DC, USA)

"Their show is more than a routine, it's a dramatic gem.  2 Pianos 4 Hands is funny, clever, insightful and touching, full of music, humour, story and character." - The Globe and Mail (Toronto/National, Canada)

"Vigorous and amusing, the show [2 Pianos 4 Hands] has been performed around the world, in dozens upon dozens of cities, but it's been surprisingly little-seen in the Los Angeles area. How gratifying, then, to see it programmed into the Laguna Playhouse season, in a ready-made Marquis Entertainment production that gleams like the polish on a grand piano." - The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, USA)

"2 Pianos 4 Hands is a splendid example of how elegance and radiant energy combine with unobtrusive technique to create rewarding entertainment... a night to savour." - The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney, Australia)

"Wonderful beyond words.  I can write anything, but it will never express what they do on stage.  I just wish and pray that everyone will be able to get a ticket." - The Mainichi Newspaper (Tokyo, Japan)

"The ideas of this mature play resonate long after the curtain closes." - The Daily Yomuiri (Tokyo, Japan)

"2 Pianos 4 Hands is anything but a dull piano recital - this classical blast from the past is a hoot!" - The Citizen (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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