By Michael Gioia
25 Jun 2014
The cast includes Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!) as Bert Berns, Drama Desk nominee Leslie Kritzer (Elf) as Jessie, Theatre World Award winner Linda Hart (Catch Me If You Can) as Ilene, Joseph Siravo (The Light in the Piazza) as Wazzel, Bryan Fenkart (Memphis) as Young Wazzel, Tony Award nominee de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange) as Candace, Derrick Baskin (Memphis) as Hoagy and Teal Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde) as Young Ilene.
The ensemble includes Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff, Jessica McRoberts, Ralph Meitzler, Heather Parcells and Mark Zeisler.
Piece of My Heart, according to press notes, "tells his remarkable story, once dubbed by Rolling Stone 'one of the great untold stories of rock and roll,' through his hit songs, which include 'Twist and Shout,' 'Tell Him,' 'I Want Candy,' 'Hang On Sloopy,' 'Cry, Baby' and many more."
Featuring a cast of sixteen and a band of eight, the musical's creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Carl Casella (sound design), Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig Design), Garry Sherman (music supervision and orchestrations), Lon Hoyt (music direction) and Telsey + Co. (casting).
Merged Work Productions and executive producer Jack Thomas produce.