“Maestro,” one-man play about Leonard Bernstein, to open in June

Posted on: May 30, 2014

In Monday’s (5/26) San Jose Mercury News (California), Cheryl North writes that Berkeley Repertory Theatre “will open a one-man show called ‘Maestro,’ during which Hershey Felder will portray our great American musical icon, Leonard Bernstein, in shows from June 5 through 22.… Felder, the man who will portray him, says Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone … is a ‘consummate master of bringing musical geniuses to life,’ as he did in his powerful performances of ‘George Gershwin Alone’ at the Rep last summer. He uses his skills as a virtuoso pianist, as well as his talents as a master entertainer.… In doing so, he combines first-person narrative with the music of Bernstein and the artists who inspired him, to present an engrossing journey that traces the composer’s musical and personal influences, struggles and triumphs. Felder notes that what fascinates him about Bernstein is that he was drawn to both classical and popular work.… Bernstein composed some of the 20th century’s biggest Broadway hits: ‘On the Town,’ ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Candide,’ and more. He had one foot firmly planted in the great European classical traditions of Beethoven and Mozart, while the other foot moved in step with American jazz traditions.”

Posted May 30, 2014