Piano men stretch it out

Tom Frey

Tom Frey

Belfry production features script that has stood test of time

It’s the story of an actor as a pianist, times two.

From chop sticks to Bach, with a little Elton John thrown in for good measure, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands tells the tale of two boys and their pianos and their goal of becoming concert pianists.

Starting April 12, Belfry Theatre hosts the return of this rousing two-man show directed by Richard Greenblatt, featuring Patrick Burwell and Tom Frey as friends whose formative years were paralleled by their musical ambitions.

Greenblatt is actually one half of the two men whose personal backgrounds the musical is culled from. After appearing in Chamber Concerts Canada’s “So You Think You’re Mozart” in 1993, he and 2 Pianos co-writer Ted Dykstra were encouraged to write their stories.

They workshopped a script in 1994 about their shared experience with demanding parents, unusual teachers and playing music festivals and it went on to become a smash hit. The production has since toured five continents and 150 cities, including Victoria back in the mid-90s.

Performances run Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturdays (4 p.m.), Sundays (2 p.m.) and Wednesdays (1 p.m. on April 20 and 27).

For tickets, $22 to $37, or information, visit www.belfry.bc.ca or call 250-385-6815. Discounts are available for high school or university students.

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