It's one of those iconic only-in-NYC images: Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia making music with their feet in the middle of the legendary toy store FAO Schwarz. The uber-charming "giant piano" scene (choreographed by Pat Birch of Grease and the Martha Graham Dance Company) from the 1988 movie Big has since found its well-deserved place in many a supercut and pop-culture deep dive. But the Big piano has sadly been silent since FAO Schwarz suddenly closed its doors—seemingly for good—on July 15, 2015. Until today, that is!
Yes, kids and kids-at-heart, there IS a Santa Claus. This morning, the classic NYC toy-store experience re-opened in a new two-story location at Rockefeller Center—complete with the Giant Piano. Al Roker from TODAY even stopped by to try out some sonorous steps:
FAO Schwarz Reopens: Al Roker Checks Out The Iconic Toy Store | TODAY www.youtube.com
What's that you say? Never seen Big? We'll forgive you, so long as you watch its most famous scene pronto—and then make firm plans to do a piano dance of your own in the immediate future. (It's Instagram gold, y'all. Trust.) Happy re-opening, FAO! We've missed you and your everyday celebration of magical, musical movement.
Big (1988) - Playing the Piano Scene (2/5) | Movieclips www.youtube.com