Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder will bring the magic of two of the most iconic names in musical theatre, Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein, to The Other Palace this autumn.
Recently named by the prestigious Time magazine as one of its top ten theatre artists of 2016, Felder has created two musical plays that take his audience on a journey through the music and personal stories of Berlin and Bernstein.
Alternating at the new London venue during September and October, Felder will first take to the stage as Berlin on 22 September while his Bernstein tribute will first be performed on 25 September.
Berlin’s story of the child refugee from Russia who became one of America’s most celebrated composers of stage and screen music will be recounted in words and music in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin on 22-24 September, 27-28 September and 9-15 October.
The creative team for the show which will cover a glittering career that spanned 60 years and produced an estimated 1500 songs, many of whom are now regarded as part of the Great American Songbook, is headed by Felder’s regular collaborator director Trevor Hay.
Felder also provides the book and scenic design with lighting design by Richard Norwood; production design by Christopher Ash; sound design and production management by Erik Carstensen; and dramaturgy and research by Meghan Maiya. The show is produced by Eva Price, Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions.
Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein will play The Other Palace from 25-26 September, 30 September-7 October and 18-22 October.
With a book by Felder, MAESTRO will trace the turbulent personal life and triumphant music of the man behind some of the world’s most enduringly popular musicals. Described by music critic Donald Henahan as “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history”, the late composer and conductor’s centennial is due to be celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic in 2018.
Directed by film and theatre director Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), MAESTRO will feature scenic design by Francois Pierre Couture; lighting and projection design by Christopher Ash; and costume design by Abigail Caywood. The show will be produced by Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, Erik Carstensen and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions.
Felder’s new shows follow his critically-acclaimed hit The Pianist of Willesden Lane which played The Other Palace’s previous incarnation, the former St James Theatre, last year.