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Friday, Jan. 23, 2004

OF NOTE

Acclaimed comedy comes to Ginza

Two pianists and two grand pianos are the entire cast and set for an acclaimed comedy from Canada that will open March 5 at Le Theatre Ginza in Tokyo.

"2 Pianos, 4 Hands" is the brainchild of Canadian actors/pianists Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt. The play is an autobiographical portrait of the artists as they reminisce about their childhood piano lessons and the pursuit of excellence.

"2 Pianos, 4 Hands," first performed in Toronto in 1996, drew immediate acclaim and has since been performed in over 100 cities on four continents. Its Tokyo run will last 14 days.

While portraying a dazzling range of characters, the two actors embellish the production with their piano wizardry, which ranges from pop to jazz and classical, including Bach's Piano Concerto in D-Minor, Mozart's Duet in D-Major, bits of Chopin and Liszt, and more modern pieces, such as Billy Joel's "Piano Man."

Japanese subtitles will be provided.

Tickets at Le Theatre Ginza (1-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku) are 7,800 yen for box and standard seats and 4,000 yen for standard seats. For tickets, call (03) 5565-6000



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