Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and as Maestro Leonard Bernstein At The Other Palace

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder brings to life on stage the music and personal stories of Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein in two musical-plays, which will alternate at London’s The Other Palace this autumn.

Recently named in TIME Magazine’s top ten theatre artists for 2016, Hershey Felder has broken box office records and received critical acclaim across America with his solo productions that bring to life the stories and music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin.  Felder created, produced and directed last season’s critically acclaimed and box office hit, The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the former St. James Theatre and now returns to newly named The Other Palace with this unique blend of piano virtuosity and musical biography for two of the 20th Century’s great icons of music.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
The Other Palace 

22 – 24 September27-28 September and 9 15 October

Hershey Felder embodies the role of Irving Berlin, performs some of the great composer’s most enduring songs and shares the backgrounds behind their creation including Alexander’s Ragtime Band, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Always, Blue Skies, White Christmas, Puttin On The Ritz and God Bless America.

Irving Berlin’s story begins as a child refugee from Russia, before rising as a songwriter in New York’s Tin Pan Alley and beyond to become one of the most celebrated composers of Broadway musicals, top charting hits and scores for Hollywood movies, earning him eight Academy Award nominations and with George Gershwin calling him “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived”.

In a career spanning 60 years, Berlin wrote an estimated 1500 songs, many of which formed a major part of the Great American Songbook and which are known globally today, having been performed by artists including: Fred Astaire, Aretha Franklin, Ethel Merman, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Billie HolidayMarilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.

Book by Hershey Felder; Scenic Design: Hershey Felder; Lighting Design: Richard Norwood; Projection Design: Christopher Ash; Sound Design and Production Management: Erik Carstensen; Dramaturgy and Research: Meghan Maiya; Directed by TREVOR HAY; Produced by Eva Price, Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions.

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
The Other Palace
25 – 26 September, 30 September – 7 October 
and 18 – 22 October

Hershey Felder plays Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO as he reveals the behind-the scenes tale of the making of a musical superstar. MAESTRO features selections from Bernstein’s musicals and orchestral works including West Side Story, Candide, On The Town and Wonderful Town as well as compositions from those who inspired him including Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Copeland, and more.

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and the composer of symphonies, operas, iconic film scores and many American musical classics. Born in Massachusetts in 1918, he found fame leading the New York Philharmonic as Artistic Director. Bernstein had a life of personal turbulence and tragedy but also great triumph, pushing boundaries to become, as music critic Donald Henahan described him, “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.”

Book by Hershey Felder; Scenic Design: Francois Pierre Couture; Lighting & Projection Design: Christopher Ash; Costume Design: Abigail Caywood, Directed by JOEL ZWICK; Produced by Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, Erik Carstensen and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions.

LISTINGS

The Other Palace
12 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA

Website:              www.theotherpalace.co.uk
Telephone:         0207 087 7900
Prices:                   £22.50 | £35 | £39.50
20% off total ticket price if both productions are booked together, for Monday to Thursday performances.

Friday 22 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 23 September2.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 23 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 24 September2pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 24 September7pm – Irving Berlin
Monday 25 September7.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Tuesday 26 September7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Wednesday 27 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 28 September2.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 28 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin

Saturday 30 September7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Sunday 1 October2pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Sunday 1 October7pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Monday 2 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Tuesday 3 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Wednesday 4 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 5 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 5 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Friday 6 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 7 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 7 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

Monday 9 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Tuesday 10 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Wednesday 11 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 12 October2.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 12 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Friday 13 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 14 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 14 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 15 October2pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 15 October7pm – Irving Berlin

Wednesday 18 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 19 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 19 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Friday 20 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 21 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 21 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Sunday 22 October2pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein