Scores of Yamaha dealers across the United States and around the globe are hosting “sneak peek” screenings of Elton John – The Million Dollar Piano in advance of the film’s arrival in 1,200 theaters worldwide next month.
The concert flick, produced by the Yamaha Entertainment Group, was captured at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and features the singer/songwriter and longtime Yamaha artist performing hits like Crocodile Rock, Young Song and Tiny Dancer.
But before it hits the big screen, Yamaha piano retailers are inviting Elton’s admirers to special wine and cheese nights, featuring an exclusive free screening of a 20-minute, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and the piano. As a special bonus, folks will also be treated to a 35-minute segment from Yamaha‘s 125th Anniversary Dealer Concert—an event held at Disneyland‘s Hyperion Theater in Anaheim, California which featured Sir Elton performing on the Yamaha Disklavier with a 60-piece orchestra.
“This screening in our store provides us with a fabulous opportunity for us to show some appreciation to our existing and future customers,” said Jeff Tasch, owner of Grand Piano Haus of Skokie, Ill. “It’s a chance to co-brand with a legendary Yamaha artist—the “Rocket Man” performing on his iconic musical instrument. This is a one-of-a-kind musical experience.”
The centrepiece of the motion picture (besides the British headliner) is the show’s namesake “Million Dollar Piano,” a one-of-a-kind engineering marvel. Weighing in at nearly 3,200 pounds and four years in the making, the state-of-the-art Yamaha piano was a collaboration between Elton and Yamaha Entertainment Group, and features more than 68 LED video screens that display mesmerising imagery to complement each of the show’s iconic songs.
According to Billboard BoxScore, this extravaganza has already grossed about $42.5 million since opening in September 2011.
Elton John – The Million Dollar Piano will be shown in select theaters on March 18 and March 26. But in a number of places, Ireland and New Zealand among them, the dates are different.
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