The revivified Pasadena Playhouse continues its musical new life with a short run, 10th anniversary presentation of George Gershwin Alone, Hershey Felder’s “play with music” (not a musical?) about Gershwin, America’s great synthesizer of popular and classical styles, cut down in his prime by a brain tumor. Felder, of course, is a concert pianist himself, making him particularly well suited to perform both Gershwin and his songs (not to mention, in the years since George Gershwin Alone, Beethoven, Chopin, and Bernstein). The May 2nd performance will be broadcast live on the WFMT Radio Network.
The best reason to see the play, however, is that Felder is Canadian, and who doesn’t love Canadians? Indeed, he’s married to A. Kim Campbell, the former prime minister of Canada and a Canadian herself.
George Gershwin Alone
April 12 – May 9
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
$39 – $100; pasadenaplayhouse.org; 626.356.7529