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Felder brings the story of the great artist to the
stage in a special CPH summer engagement
July 17 – August 4, 2013
Press Opening Night: Thursday,
July 18, 2013
Calendar Editors: See
Fact Sheet for Performance Schedule
CLEVELAND, OH (May 28,
2013)—Cleveland Play House proudly presents a live summer production of Hershey
Felder inMaestro: Leonard Bernstein, in the Allen Theatre at
PlayhouseSquare. Mr. Felder has
previously awed Cleveland audiences with his creations of Beethoven As I Knew Him, Monsieur Chopin, George Gershwin Alone, and
The Great American Songbook. Maestro: Leonard Bernstein, a play with music,will run in the Allen Theatre at
PlayhouseSquare starting Wednesday July 17 through Sunday, August 4, 2013.
Tickets are available by calling 216-241-6000 or online at
“Hershey Felder has been one of the most popular performers on
our stage,” says Cleveland Play House Managing Director Kevin Moore. “It’s a
pleasure to welcome him back as one of America’s greatest musical talents.”
With a story spanning the entire 20th century,
Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide) is one of America’s greatest musical
artists. During his long career, Bernstein broke through every artistic ceiling
to become the world’s musical ambassador. Conductor, composer, pianist,
teacher, librettist, television star…for Leonard Bernstein, boundaries simply
did not exist. Mr. Felder combines first-person narrative with the music of Mr.
Bernstein and the artists who inspired him in Maestro: Leonard Bernstein.
and performer Hershey Felder has appeared on Broadway and London's West End in George Gershwin Alone. His “Composer
Sonata” – George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven, As I Knew Him and
Maestro: Leonard Bernstein – has been presented at dozens of theatres
across the U.S. and around the world. He also performed Monsieur
Chopin for the Polish Ambassador to the United States. His compositions
include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Fairytale, 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. George Gershwin
Alone received worldwide live broadcasts in July 2005 and May 2011.
Felder’s current projects include the new musicals An American Story and
Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in The
Piano Show. Felder has been a Scholar in Residence at Harvard
University's Department of Music.
Joel Zwick directed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the highest-grossing
romantic comedy film of all time, produced by Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Gary
Goetzman. He has directed on Broadway, Off Broadway and Broadway touring
companies. Mr. Zwick is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most prolific director
of episodic television, having the direction of 525 episodes to his credit.
These include having directed 21 pilots which have gone on to become regular
series. He directed the Broadway production of George Gershwin Alone.
Previous New York productions have included Dance With Me (Tony
nomination), Shenandoah (Broadway national tour), Oklahoma (national
tour) and Cold Storage (American Place Theater). He directed Esther (Promenade
Theater, NY), Merry-Go-Round (Chicago, Las Vegas), Last Chance Saloon
and Woycek (West End, London). Mr. Zwick has taught drama at the Yale
School of Drama, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Wheaton College, and USC.
A graduate (B.A., M.A.) of Brooklyn College, he is currently directing
“Shake It Up” for the Disney Channel.
About Cleveland Play House
Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America's first
professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play
House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain
diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education
programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100
world and/or American premieres, and over long history more than 12 million
people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Today, under the leadership of
Artistic Director Michael Bloom and Managing Director Kevin Moore, Cleveland
Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the
art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland Play House is funded through the generosity of
Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and The Ohio Arts
Council helps to fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage
economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all
Hershey Felder inMaestro:
Music by Leonard
Written by Hershey
Directed by Joel Zwick
Bernstein broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world’s
musical ambassador. Mr. Felder combines first-person narrative with the music
of Mr. Bernstein and the artists who inspired him.
Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, 1407 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115
available now through www.clevelandplayhouse.com,
the State Theatre Ticket Office at PlayhouseSquare, or by calling 216-241-6000.
Tickets for anyone under age 30 are $30 and students under 24 are $15 each.
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