San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents the

Pre-New York Engagement of

‘Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO’

Hershey Felder returns in this sweeping play with music featuring songs by Bernstein and others from ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Wonderful Town,’ ‘Candide,’ ‘On The Town,’ and more…

Music by Bernstein, Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Copeland, and others…

Book By Hershey Felder

Directed by Joel Zwick

July 6-17, 2016

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 28, 2016 – San Diego audience favorite Hershey Felder (“George Gershwin Alone,” “Monsieur Chopin,” “Beethoven,” “Liszt,” “An American Story,” “Irving Berlin”) returns to San Diego Repertory Theatre in a pre-New York engagement of “Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO.” Fresh from a sold out run of “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” at the La Jolla Playhouse, Felder will now perform this signature work about America’s finest conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein, which had its premiere in 2011 at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. Directed by Joel Zwick, “MAESTRO” plays a limited engagement from Wednesday, July 6 to Sunday, July 17, 2016. Details for the New York presentation will be announced in April.

Felder returns to San Diego Repertory Theatre where his work was last seen as Adaptor and Director of the critical, popular and award-winning “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” which was presented for two engagements in one season due to popular demand. As is known about Felder’s approach to his works, continual development and illumination is a prime goal, and so “MAESTRO” will now be presented to San Diego audiences after lengthy hit runs in Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Orange County, Florida, Berkeley (Best Solo Show Award, Bay Area) and a worldwide live radio broadcast from Town Hall in New York on the WFMT Radio Network.

Leonard Bernstein’s only son, Alexander says of Hershey Felder; “His performance truly reveals the man, the story and the music of my father, Leonard Bernstein.” 

Combining first person narrative and his own music, as well as music that inspired him, “MAESTRO” is a tale spanning the entire 20th century. Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s greatest musicians, broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world’s musical ambassador. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star…for Leonard Bernstein, boundaries simply did not exist.

San Diego audiences last saw “MAESTRO” at The Old Globe in 2011. The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote Felder “…hits all the right notes. Hershey Felder’s Bernstein is a pleasure to watch, involving and rich. …He is a masterful pianist with a showman’s sense of drama and dynamics.” The Boston Globe wrote “in his finely wrought portrait, Felder captures Bernstein’s restless energy, his combination of self-confidence and vulnerability, and his flair for drama.” The Chicago Sun-Times raved “you will walk out of the theater realizing you’ve barely breathed for the during of this astonishing musical and theatrical transmigration of souls.”

HERSHEY FELDER (Leonard Bernstein/Playwright) Mr. Felder created and performed “George Gershwin Alone,” which played on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, in the West End at the Duchess Theatre, and in theatres around the country. His Composers Sonata – “George Gershwin Alone,” “Monsieur Chopin,” “Beethoven, As I Knew Him,” “Maestro Bernstein,” “Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik,” “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” – has been presented at dozens of theatres across the United States and around the world. His compositions and recordings include “Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra;” “Fairytale, a musical;” “Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano;” “Song Settings;” “Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra;” “Etudes Thematiques for Piano;” and “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra.” As director, he premiered Mona Golabek in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012 and recently produced and created scenic design for Taylor Hackford’s “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara.” He created Eighty-Eight Entertainment in 2001; its newest division, Hershey Felder Presents, continues in the creation of new works of musical theatre. Current projects include the musical plays “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” as well as the upcoming “Hershey Felder Tchaikovsky” and several musical theatre projects in development. Mr. Felder has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

JOEL ZWICK (Director) Joel Zwick directed “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Mr. Zwick is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most prolific director of episodic television, having the direction of 525 episodes to his credit. These include having directed 21 pilots which have gone on to become regular series. He directed the Broadway production of “George Gershwin Alone.” Previous New York productions have included “Dance With Me” (Tony nomination), “Shenandoah” (Broadway national tour), “Oklahoma” (national tour) and “Cold Storage” (American Place Theater). He directed “Esther” (Promenade Theater, NY), “Merry-Go-Round” (Chicago, Las Vegas), “Last Chance Saloon” and “Woyzeck” (West End, London). Mr. Zwick has taught drama at the Yale School of Drama, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Wheaton College, and USC. A graduate (B.A., M.A.) of Brooklyn College, he currently directs for the Disney Channel.

Single tickets are now on sale and begin at $60. Student tickets for $20 are also available for all performances. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SDRep.org, by phone at 619-544-1000 or by visiting the box office at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

About “Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO”

Combining first person narrative, and his own music as well as music that inspired him, ‘‘MAESTRO’’ is a tale spanning the entire 20th century. Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s greatest musicians, broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world’s musical ambassador. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star…for Leonard Bernstein, boundaries simply did not exist.

“Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO”

Music by Bernstein, Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Copeland, and others…

Book By Hershey Felder

Directed by Joel Zwick

Opening Night: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Closing Night: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cast

Hershey Felder as “Leonard Bernstein”

Production Team

Joel Zwick, Director

Francois Pierre Couture, Hershey Felder, Scenic Designer

Christopher Ash, Lighting/Projection Designer

Trevor Hay, Associate Direction

Erik Carstensen, Producer, Sound Designer

Produced by Samantha F. Voxakis and Karen Racanelli

Performance Schedule

Preview:

·         Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

Opening Night:

·         Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m.

Regular Performances:

·         Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m.

·         Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m.

·         Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m.

·         Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m.

·         Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

·         Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

·         Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m.

·         Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m.

·         Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m.

·         Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m.

Closing Night:

·         Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Ticket Information

Tickets range from $60 to $89 and can be purchased in-person at the San Diego REP Box Office, by calling 619-544-1000, or online at sdrep.org. Active military, teacher and senior discounts are available. Student tickets are available for all performances for just $20 each. Prices subject to change.

Location:

Lyceum Stage

San Diego REPertory Theatre

79 Horton Plaza

San Diego, CA 92101-6144

NOTE: San Diego REPertory Theatre is pleased to announce The Lyceum Theatre has received a $3 million renovation grant to upgrade its public spaces, including the lobby and concession areas, restrooms and Lyceum Stage. Renovations are funded by Horton Plaza Theatres Foundation and The City of San Diego. The remodel work will occur in stages and began in January 2016. Project leaders estimate it will take about a year to complete.

During construction, San Diego REP patrons will be able to access all normal amenities of The Lyceum Theatre complex. Ample parking will still be available in the Horton Plaza parking garage and the Box Office, elevators, restrooms and concession areas will be easily accessible unless otherwise noted. San Diego REP’s House Management staff will keep patrons updated on renovation activities with signage posted in and around the facility as well as send e-mail communications to maintain the venue experience. For additional information, please contact the Box Office at 619-544-1000 or visit www.sdrep.org.

About San Diego REPertory Theatre

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, The REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sandiegorep) and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP). 

 

 

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