PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Piece of My Heart Stars Zak Resnick, Leslie Kritzer, Teal Wicks and De'Adre Aziza
20 Jun 2014
Drama Desk nominee Leslie Kritzer, Teal Wicks and Tony Award nominee de'Adre Aziza are among the cast of Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns that will open Off-Broadway July 21.
The cast includes Resnick (Mamma Mia!) as Bert Berns, Kritzer (Elf) as Jessie, Theatre World Award winner Linda Hart (Catch Me If You Can) as Mom, Joseph Siravo (The Light in the Piazza) as Wazzel, Aziza (Passing Strange) as Candace, Derrick Baskin (Memphis) as Hoagy and Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde) as Ilene.
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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.