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Berkeley: Here comes Gershwin

Featuring music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin The special presentation will land on the Thrust stage for two weeks in June. Hershey Felder stars as George Gershwin. Joel Zwick directs.

Hershey Felder plays America’s favorite composer in George Gershwin Alone at Berkeley Rep.

Hershey Felder plays America’s favorite composer in George Gershwin Alone at Berkeley Rep.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced that George Gershwin Alone, a play with music that invites audiences to enjoy an evening with a great composer, is coming to town for a limited engagement.

Featuring music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin The special presentation will land on the Thrust stage for two weeks in June. Hershey Felder stars as George Gershwin. Joel Zwick directs.

From the release, “In George Gershwin Alone, the irresistible music of America’s favorite composer comes alive – along with exciting insights into his brief and brilliant life. Hershey Felder brings his hit show to Berkeley Rep after successful runs on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in cities across the country. An accomplished pianist and performer, Felder was given full access to the Gershwin archive to create this tribute to the genius behind Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess. Gershwin wrote more than 1,000 timeless tunes such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” See George Gershwin Alone, and be captivated by the man and his music.”

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Hershey Felder is known for more than 4,000 live performances of his composer plays – Beethoven, As I Knew Him; George Gershwin Alone; Maestro Bernstein; Monsieur Chopin; and now An American Story – on Broadway, in London’s West End, in Europe, and in Asia, as well as at major theatres throughout the United States.

Gershwin Alone

Joel Zwick is best known for directing the Oscar-nominated comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Rounding out the creative team for the production: Yael Pardess (scenic design), Michael Gilliam (lighting design), Jon Gottlieb (sound design), and Kenneth Cole (wardrobe design).

San Francisco Bay Area Arts and CultureGEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE

June 8 – June 23, 2013

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

Music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Book by Hershey Felder

With Hershey Felder as George Gershwin

Directed by Joel Zwick

Designed by Yael Pardess (scenic design), Michael Gilliam (lighting design),
Jon Gottlieb (sound design), and Kenneth Cole (wardrobe design)

$29-$77

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Photo Credit: Mark Gavin