Press kit: Monsieur Chopin

Monsieur Chopin

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08/06/14: Final Performances of Monsieur Chopin

Berkeley Rep Adds Final Performances of Monsieur Chopin

Virtuoso artist Hershey Felder returns in September for the farewell presentation of his critically acclaimed solo show

Including one-night-only engagement of The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin

Due to an exuberant reception from critics and audiences alike resulting in a sold-out engagement, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Hershey Felder’s already extended Monsieur Chopin will have one final encore presentation of 10 performances September 16–21, 2014. In the second installment of his Composers Sonata—George Gershwin Alone; Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven, As I Knew Him; Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro; and Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik—Felder reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets against a gorgeous lush score of more than a dozen compositions. This fall, don’t miss the last presentation of the critically acclaimed Monsieur Chopin, Felder’s most passionate performance. Then for one night only on Monday, September 22, join us at Berkeley Rep for The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin featuring the music of one of America’s most prolific and beloved composers. Audiences will have the chance to be serenaded and sing along with Felder and might even get the chance for a solo number if they catch the star’s attention. Mark your calendar for “a singular display of sheer joy” (Chicago Sun-Times). Tickets for Monsieur Chopin are $29–87 (subject to change) and $50 for The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin. For more information call 510 647–2949 or visit berkeleyrep.org.

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07/15/14: Berkeley Rep Extends Monsieur Chopin

Berkeley Rep Extends Hershey Felder’s Monsieur Chopin

Eight performances added due to popular demand

Due to popular pre-sale demand, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces it will extend Hershey Felder’s popular and critically acclaimed one-man show Monsieur Chopin, a celebrated musical biography of legendary composer Fryderyk Chopin, ahead of its debut. Originally scheduled to run through August 3, the show will now run for an additional eight performances through Sunday, August 10. This summer come along with Felder to Paris in 1848…to a work of love and art and the place where his soul resides, in the depths of Chopin’s music. In his passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano,” Felder reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets about his creations against a gorgeous, lush score of more than a dozen compositions. Monsieur Chopin begins previews July 25, opens July 27, and plays through August 10, 2014 on the intimate Thrust Stage. Tickets start at only $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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06/18/14: Hershey Felder Stars in Monsieur Chopin

Hershey Felder Stars in Special Presentation of Monsieur Chopin at Berkeley Rep

Piano virtuoso performs second movement of his critically acclaimed Composers Sonata

Following the wildly enthusiastic reception for Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, Berkeley Repertory Theatre invites audiences back this July for Hershey Felder’s Monsieur Chopin, a celebrated musical biography of legendary composer Fryderyk Chopin. You’ve seen Felder as George Gershwin on the hot streets of 1920s New York. You’ve seen him on the conductor’s podium revealing Maestro Leonard Bernstein’s heart. Now come back with Hershey to Paris in 1848…to a work of love and art and the place where his soul resides, in the depths of Chopin’s music. In his passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano,” Hershey reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets about his creations—and the secrets he carried to his grave—against a gorgeous, lush score of more than a dozen compositions. Come back with Hershey to meet the mysterious Monsieur Chopin. “[Felder] carries a rapt audience along on a wave of true, powerful, and wordless passion,” declares the Boston Globe. This special presentation plays only 13 performances on the intimate Thrust Stage. Monsieur Chopin previews July 25, opens July 27, and plays through August 3, 2014. Tickets start at only $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Monsieur Chopin, a passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano.”

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Monsieur Chopin, a passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano.”

Photo by John Zich

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Monsieur Chopin, a passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano.”

Photo by John Zich

Monsieur Chopin press photo

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Monsieur Chopin, a passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano.”

Photo by John Zich

Monsieur Chopin press photo

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Monsieur Chopin, a passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano.”

Photo by John Zich

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Who

The Music of Fryderyk Chopin
Book by Hershey Felder
With Hershey Felder as Chopin
Directed by Joel Zwick

Creative team

Yael Pardess (scenic design), Richard Norwood (lighting design), Benjamin Furiga (original sound design), Eric Carstensen (sound co-design), and John Boesche and Andrew Wilder (projection design). Erik Carstensen and Trevor Hay serve as stage managers.

What

You’ve seen Felder as George Gershwin on the hot streets of 1920s New York. You’ve seen him on the conductor’s podium revealing Maestro Leonard Bernstein’s heart. Now come back with Hershey to Paris in 1848…to a work of love and art and the place where his soul resides, in the depths of Chopin’s music. “[Felder] carries a rapt audience along on a wave of true, powerful, and wordless passion,” declares the Boston Globe.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

July 25–August 10, 2014

Monsieur Chopin calendar

Encore presentation September 16–21, 2014

Monsieur Chopin encore calendar

Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 7/25 @ 8pm, Saturday 7/26 @ 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday 7/27 @ 2pm

Opening Night

Sunday, July 27 @ 7pm

The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin

Monday, September 22 @ 7pm

How much

Monsieur Chopin

$29–87 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, contact 510 647–2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org

The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin

All seats $50

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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