Hershey Felder, a 31-year-old actor, composer, playwright and concert artist, will perform his one-man show (with music) about George Gershwin -- George Gershwin Alone -- June 2-25 at the Tiffany Theatre in W. Hollywood, under the direction of Joel Zwick.
The production marks the next step of a Gershwin heir-imposed development process, in order to take the work to Broadway. Upon approval from the Gershwin estate, the L.A. production will transfer to a venue in Chicago for an extended run. Pending a successful reception, HTG (Honest to Goodness) Productions will then move the show to New York.
Los Angeles was Gershwin's final place of residence (1019 N. Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills). He was working on a film score when he died suddenly on July 11, 1937 at the age of 38 from an undiagnosed brain tumor.
George Gershwin Alone was written by Felder following some 400 public performances of Gershwin's "A Rhapsody in Blue." He also spent five years studying all of Gershwin's compositions, as well as his compositional techniques. In addition, he analyzed Gershwin's piano-playing style by listening to available recordings and piano rolls made by the composer himself.
After having performed many of Gershwin's compositions around the world, the Gershwin heirs gave him access to the Gershwin Collection at the Library of Congress. Felder later interviewed Gershwin's biographers and such surviving friends as Kitty Carlisle. Tiffany Theatre is located at 8532 Sunset Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 289-2999.