Play About Gay Russian Composer Tchaikovsky Is Headed for London

London News   Play About Gay Russian Composer Tchaikovsky Is Headed for London
Hershey Felder’s politically charged play with music, Our Great Tchaikovsky, will replace the previously announced London engagements of his Bernstein and Berlin plays.
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Actor-pianist Hershey Felder has announced plans to bring his new solo play, Our Great Tchaikovsky, about the life of closeted gay Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, to London for a September 21-October 22 run at The Other Palace Theatre.

Our Great Tchaikovsky had its world premiere earlier this year, and is fresh off a critically acclaimed run at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles.

Response to the piece prompted Felder to swap out his previously announced London solo evenings dedicated to Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein, and instead perform Our Great Tchaikovsky for the duration of his run at The Other Palace.

Billed as a “time-bending tale of music and politics,” Felder inhabits the composer famous for his scores to The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, while also stepping out of time to directly address the audience in the present moment.

Felder’s frequent collaborator Trevor Hay directs. Felder authored the show’s book and also created the scenic design for the production. Lighting and projection are by Christopher Ash, and costume design is by Abigail Caywood.

Our Great Tchaikovsky is produced by Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, Erik Carstensen with Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions.

Felder’s works also include George Gershwin Alone (Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, West End’s Duchess Theatre); Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven; Maestro (Leonard Bernstein); Franz Liszt in Musik, Lincoln: An American Story: and Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin.

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