Felder to Go from Gershwin to Monsieur Chopin at L.A.'s Geffen

News   Felder to Go from Gershwin to Monsieur Chopin at L.A.'s Geffen
Hershey Felder — who currently stars in George Gershwin Alone at the Geffen Playhouse — will bring his second composer-based work, Monsieur Chopin, to Los Angeles this summer.

Joel Zwick will direct the star in his work at the Geffen for an Aug. 9-26 run. The production follows the recently extended run of George Gershwin Alone (through Aug. 1).

Featuring the music of Frédéric Chopin, the second movement of Felder's "Composer Sonata" (following Gershwin and preceding Beethoven) follows the "romantic story and music of the Polish pianist-composer."

Monsieur Chopin begins at a Parisian salon during a piano lesson that took place just days after the revolution. "As Monsieur Chopin's piano lesson unfolds, he reveals secrets about the art of the piano and composition, as well as secrets about himself."

Felder appeared on Broadway in George Gershwin Alone, which he has performed across the country, and Back From Broadway with James Barbour. Other credits include Romantique, Stempenyu in Stempenyu, Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night, Waiting for Godot, Gigi, Fiddler on the Roof and Ellis Island.

The design team for Monsieur Chopin includes Yael Pardess (scenic), Richard Norwood (lighting), John Boesche (projection), Benjamin Furiga (sound) and Boguslaw (wardrobe). Tickets to Monsieur Chopin at the Geffen, 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Los Angeles, are on sale by calling (310) 208-5454 or by visiting geffenplayhouse.com.

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