Acclaimed pianist-writer-performer Hershey Felder returns to Pasadena after having brought his popular production of George Gershwin Alone to The Pasadena Playhouse last spring. Under the auspices of a “collection” of three shows, two of his composer-based titles will be making their debuts in Pasadena: Monsieur Chopin and Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein. In a world premiere presentation, Felder will bring his newest work, Lincoln – An American Story, to this historic theatre. Told from the point of view of Dr. Charles Leale (Felder), the young medical student who happened to be at Ford’s Theatre on the night that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and tended to his injuries, Felder will recount those final hours of the president’s life in a story that had remained fairly unknown for over a century. And for the first time, a 45-piece symphony orchestra will provide the musical elements for this tale, where Felder would normally perform himself on a grand piano as he does in Monsieur Chopin and Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein. Felder’s ever-popular Great American Songbook Sing-Along will also be offered for one night only on March 19. Mr. Felder has a very solid and avid fan base and if you catch any of these three productions you will understand why — he surely knows how to entertain and captivate an audience.
The Hershey Felder Collection will perform at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave.) through April 7, 2012. For more information, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.