Book by Hershey Felder, Music by Leonard Bernstein and others
Directed by Joel Zwick
with Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein
Following record-breaking runs throughout the United States, Hershey Felder---the creative force behind last year's sold-out production The Pianist of Willesden Lane---returns to 59E59 Theaters with his critically acclaimed Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, in which he brings one of America's greatest musical legends to life.
Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town, Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world's first serious musical superstar. In Maestro, Hershey Felder combines narrative with Leonard Bernstein's composition and the music of Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler, Copland, and others, to bring to life the man the entire world knew as "Lenny."
Hershey Felder Presents is the newest division of Eighty-Eight Entertainment which was created in 2001 by Hershey Felder and is devoted to the creation of new works of musical theater. Current projects include the musical plays Our Great Tchaikovsky, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, and The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Recordings include Love Songs of the Yiddish Theatre, Back from Broadway, George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven As I Knew Him, and An American Story for Actor & Orchestra.
"Felder is an extraordinary pianist, exhibiting natural phrasing and complete dynamic control. It's like seeing a really great concert in which the musician tells you the truth about his life...It's a thrilling way to theatrically present music." - Theatermania
"A tour de force that fuses speech, song, and pianistic brilliance! Hilarious at times and awe-inspiring in Felder's unfolding of a compelling narrative while hitting every note of a varied, complex and difficult score." - Huffington Post
"Inspiring...remarkable...watching Hershey Felder's charismatic, passionate, transforming performance, and considering Felder's own impressive career that continues to climb to greater heights, one senses there is a lot of "Lenny" in Hershey." - Theater Pizzazz
"Maestro remains this talented performer's most revealing and most moving piece of work." - The Chicago Tribune
"Hershey Felder's Maestro is a moving love story...his brilliant capture of a giant of a man who changed the musical landscape is an extraordinary evening of theater." - Berkshire Fine Arts