TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere of “Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story,” written and performed by piano virtuoso Hershey Felder and directed by Trevor Hay, is set to 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. He has performed music from various folk and classical composers throughout the U.S. more than 5,000 times in the past 20 years. “A Paris Love Story” is his fourth production with TheatreWorks.
Hay, a veteran in the field of music direction, has worked with Felder several times. He was a member of the historical Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for 23 seasons and held his first position of selling Old Globe memorabilia at age 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’.”
Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. 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. Monday 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 George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. Tickets are $50-$100.
For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.