TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere of “Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story,” written and performed by piano virtuoso Felder and directed by Trevor Hay, is set to open this week and run through May 5 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
“Paris” explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. It includes Felder performing “La Mer,” “Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune" and “Clair de Lune,” among other pieces.
Felder is an actor, pianist, writer, director, composer, conductor and producer who has performed music from various folk and classical composers throughout the country more than 5,000 times over the past 20 years. This performance marks Felder’s fourth production with TheatreWorks.
Hay is a veteran in the field of music direction and has worked with Felder several times. He was a member of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for 23 seasons and held his first position of selling Old Globe memorabilia at the age of 9. In a career now spanning 32 years, Hay has been a part of more than 800 presentations, including the Broadway productions of “Damn Yankees,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.’”
“Paris” is scheduled to preview 8 p.m. today through Friday and open at the same time Saturday. Future performances are slated 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $40-$120.
In addition, Felder is slated to perform American classics during “Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along” 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the same venue. Audience members are invited to participate in Felder’s music-making as he takes them through 100 years of American music from the likes of composers George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. Tickets are $50-$100.
For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.