Hershey Felder, Beethoven

Directed by Joel Zwick 

February 21 – March 24, 2019 in the Lyceum Stage Theatre

Press Opening: Friday, February 22 at 8:00 PM

Scenic Design: Hershey Felder
Costume Design: Theatr’ Hall, Paris
Lighting & Projection Design: Christopher Ash
Sound Design & Production Management: Erik Carstensen
Assistant Lighting Design: Erik Barry
Historical & Biographical Research: Meghan Maiya, M.A.
Associate Director: Trevor Hay
Producers: Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, Erik Carstensen

 

Synopsis

San Diego’s beloved artist, Hershey Felder, returns with his latest smash hit celebrating the world’s greatest composer, BEETHOVEN. Felder has illuminated Beethoven and his 5th and 9th symphonies, Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, Emperor Concerto, Fur Elise, and more, in a deep and revealing light. Hailed in both its premieres in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles as “Rapturous and exhilarating” by the Palo Alto Weekly; “A towering performance about a towering composer” by The Mercury News; BEETHOVEN promises to be his most unforgettable journey yet. 

 

 

 


 

Production Photos

Hershey Felder. Photo by Christopher Ash. Click here to download.

Hershey Felder. Photo by Christopher Ash. Click here to download.

Hershey Felder. Photo by Christopher Ash. Click here to download.

Hershey Felder. Photo by Christopher Ash. Click here to download.

Headshots

Headshot of Hershey Felder. Courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents.  Right click headshot to download.

Biographies

HERSHEY FELDER (Playwright/Performer/Scenic Design) 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, and Our Great Tchaikovsky. 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 the world premiere of A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of Claude Debussy and 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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