The Late Movies: Rocking out on the FAO Schwarz Piano

Erica Palan

After Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia played "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks" on FAO Schwarz's giant piano in Big, the instrument became a New York landmark. (There's even a replica in Las Vegas!) Here's a mix of folks — everyone from tourists to professional dancers employed by the famed toy store — playing some traditional and some not-so-traditional tunes on the iconic instrument.

Hungarian Rhapsody #2

The neat thing about this video is that you get to see the whole intro of the daily FAO Schwarz show, which includes "Chopsticks" and "Heart and Soul." Definitely worth sticking it out for the spunky performance of "Hungarian Rhapsody #2," though.

The Entertainer

Scott Joplin probably didn't have this in mind when he wrote this song in 1902.

The Jeopardy! Theme

Do you think Alex Trebek could do that?

It's a Small World

Even though this video was filmed in Vegas instead of NYC, I thought this guy's rendition of the Disney classic was impressive enough to be included.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor

There are tons of different FAO Schwarz renditions of this song on YouTube, but this video shows off the truly fancy footwork required to play it.

Hark Hear the Bells

This is much better than holiday soundtracks most stores use.

Super Mario Brothers Theme

The video quality here isn't great, but this guy has the moves to make it worth it.

Turkish March

Of course this is a renowned piece of music, but this song always triggers memories of Lemmings for me.

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