Hershey Felder Will Premiere Lincoln–An American Story, With 45-Piece Orchestra, at Pasadena Playhouse

News   Hershey Felder Will Premiere Lincoln–An American Story, With 45-Piece Orchestra, at Pasadena Playhouse
Hershey Felder will return to the Pasadena Playhouse with a trio of musical solo plays exploring Abraham Lincoln, Frédéric Chopin and Leonard Bernstein, which will begin performances Feb. 28, 2012.

Hershey Felder
Hershey Felder

Joel Zwick will direct the three productions, which are written and performed by Felder. The solo artist last played the Pasadena Playhouse with George Gershwin Alone in 2010.

Felder will offer the world premiere of Lincoln – An American Story, backed by a 45-piece orchestra, March 27-April 7, 2012. It will officially open March 28, 2012.

Here's how Lincoln is billed: "A true tale based on the words of Dr. Charles Augustus Leale – who in April of 1865 as a twenty-three year old medical student attended the April 14th performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC with President Lincoln in attendance. When the actor, John Wilkes Booth made his way into President Lincoln’s box to assassinate him, a surgeon was called for, and Charles Leale, just a young American army surgeon found himself at the center of history that would change the world. Charles Leale only told the story of what he witnessed and was a part of that evening only once in his life as a sixty-three year old man – at a gathering of army friends at Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City on the occasion of Lincoln’s hundredth birthday in 1909. It is this story, the document of which resides at the library of Congress, upon which this new musical/theatrical work is based."

Also planned are Felder's acclaimed solo evenings Monsieur Chopin (Feb. 28-March 7, 2012); and Maestro: Leonard Bernstein (March 10-18, 2012).

The Pasadena Playhouse has also announced that it will present Hershey Felder's Great American Songbook Sing-Along March 12 and 19, 2012, at 8 PM. The concerts celebrate musicians including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and the Gershwins through Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, featuring selections from The Sound of Music, Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof and more. Felder has toured the globe with George Gershwin Alone, which was also seen on Broadway and the West End. Zwick is the director of the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and also staged George Gershwin Alone on Broadway.

For tickets phone (626) 356-7529 or visit PasadenaPlayhouse.

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