Press kit: Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

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06/04/14: Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein Extended…

Berkeley Rep’s Highly Anticipated Production of Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein Extended

Eight performances added due to popular demand

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces today, due to extraordinary ticket demand, it will extend Hershey Felder’s popular and critically acclaimed one-man show Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro ahead of its debut. Originally scheduled to run through June 22, the show will now run for an additional eight performances through Wednesday, July 3. Audiences will remember Felder’s critically lauded performance last summer in George Gershwin Alone. Now the master entertainer and piano virtuoso is back to deliver a musically infused performance about America’s greatest musical legend. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Wonderful Town, Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar. Felder and longtime collaborator Joel Zwick combine first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to draw us deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life, filled with tragedy and triumph and of course, music. Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro previews June 5, opens June 6, and plays through July 3 on the Theatre’s intimate Thrust Stage.

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11/06/13: Piano Virtuoso Hershey Felder Returns…

Piano Virtuoso Hershey Felder Returns to Berkeley Rep to Perform in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

One-man theatrical event tells the story of iconic American composer this June

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder will return to star in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro about the amazing life of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Felder, who is currently directing the deeply stirring one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane on Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage, last appeared in George Gershwin Alone. This summer the master entertainer and virtuoso pianist is back with his popular and critically acclaimed theatrical event. Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro plays only 22 performances on the intimate Thrust Stage. It previews on June 5, 2014, opens June 6, 2014, and plays through June 22, 2014. Tickets are on sale now to Berkeley Rep donors and subscribers to its 2013–14 season; the general public can access seats beginning on November 17, 2013.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder sits at the piano under a projected image of Bernstein’s parents in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.

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In his one man show Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, piano virtuoso Hershey Felder brings one of America’s greatest musical legends to life.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder sits alongside a projected image of conductor, pianist, and composer Bruno Walter in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.

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Master entertainer and virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder returns to Berkeley Rep with his popular and critically acclaimed one man show Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.

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Master entertainer and virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder returns to Berkeley Rep with his popular and critically acclaimed one man show Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder plays the piano under a projected image of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, an illuminating look at the amazing life of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, an illuminating look at the amazing life of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

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Maestro press photo

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, an illuminating look at the amazing life of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Photo by Michael Lamont

Maestro press photo

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder stars in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, an illuminating look at the amazing life of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Photo by Michael Lamont

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Who

Music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and others
Book by Hershey Felder
With Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein
Directed by Joel Zwick

Creative team

François-Pierre Couture (scenic design, lighting co-design, and projection co-design), Christopher Rynne (lighting co-design), Erik Carstensen (sound design), and Andrew Wilder (projection co-design). The production stage managers for this show are Trevor Hay and Eric Carstensen.

What

The master entertainer and virtuoso pianist is back with his popular and critically acclaimed Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, in which he brings one of America’s greatest musical legends to life.

Where

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

When

June 5–July 3, 2014

Maestro calendar

Special events

Low-cost preview

Thursday 6/5 @ 8pm

Opening Night

Friday 6/6 @ 8pm

How much

$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

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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