Media Room - Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin

 

Written & Performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick

September 13 - September 29, 2019 in the Lyceum Space
Preview: September 13, 2019
Press Opening: September 14, 2019


Cast

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin

 

Creative Team

Director: Joel Zwick
Scenic Design: Hershey Felder
Lighting Design: Erik S. Barry
Production Manager/Video Design: Erik Carstensen

Costume Design: Stacey Nezda

Associate Director: Trevor Hay

Production Consultant: Jeffrey Kallberg, PhD

 

Synopsis

Join beloved artist Hershey Felder at a strictly limited engagement celebrating one of the world’s greatest composers in Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin.  Originally created in 2006, following a sold-out national tour, this intimate theatrical event returns to San Diego in a new updated production featuring the romantic story and music of the Polish pianist-composer, Fryderyk Chopin. The story begins at Chopin’s salon in Paris where Monsieur Chopin will teach a piano lesson that actually took place in March 1848, just days after the February 1848 revolution. As the piano lesson unfolds, he reveals secrets about the art of the piano and composition, as well as secrets about himself. In this reprisal, Hershey Felder revisits Monsieur Chopin and delves deep into the music and psyche of the man, considered by his contemporaries, and now by history, as the true “Poet of the Piano.” As he did last year with Beethoven, Hershey Felder will feature some of the composer’s most beautiful enduring music while entertaining us in his unique and theatrical style, as only Hershey can.

 

Photos

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by John Zich.  Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by John Zich. Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents.  Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents. Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents.  Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents. Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents.  Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents. Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents.  Click here to download.

Hershey Felder as Fryderyk Chopin. Photos by Hershey Felder Presents. Click here to download.

 

Bios

Hershey Felder (Playwright/Performer): Named to Time Magazine's 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals, Hershey Felder has played over 5,000 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world's most prestigious theatres and has broken box office records consistently. American Theatre Magazine has said, "Hershey Felder is in a category all his own." His shows include: George Gershwin Alone (Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, West End's Duchess Theatre); Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven; Maestro (Leonard Bernstein); Franz Liszt in Musik, Lincoln: An American Story, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, Our Great Tchaikovsky and A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of Claude Debussy. 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. Hershey is the adaptor, director and designer for the internationally performed play-with-music The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Steinway artist Mona Golabek; producer and designer for the musical Louis and Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara, directed by Taylor Hackford; and writer and director for Flying Solo, featuring opera legend Nathan Gunn. Upcoming projects include a new musical based on the award-winning book Out on a Ledge by Eva Libitzky. Hershey has operated a full-service production company since 2001. He 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. Recent films include Fat Albert and Elvis Has Left the Building. Mr. Zwick directed the Broadway production of George Gershwin Alone at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Mr. Zwick began his theatrical career at La Mama E.T.C., as director of the La Mama Plexus. He has directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Broadway touring companies. He and Hershey Felder have collaborated on Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven As I Knew Him and Maestro. Currently, Mr. Zwick is recognized as one of Hollywood's most prolific directors of episodic television, having the direction of over 650 episodes to his credit. New York productions have included Dance With Me (Tony nomination), Shenandoah (Broadway national tour), Oklahoma (national tour) and Cold Storage (American Place Theater). He acted in the original New York production of MacBird. He directed Esther (Promenade Theater, NY), Merry-Go-Round (Chicago and Las Vegas), Last Chance Saloon and Woycek (West End). Mr. Zwick has taught drama at Yale University, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Wheaton College, and the University of Southern California. He is a graduate (B.A., M.A.) of Brooklyn College
 

 
 
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