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SCR to present Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, final farewell tour of Gershwin

South Coast Repertory (SCR Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) presents pianist/actor/playwright/producer Hershey Felder for a limited engagement of Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, Jan. 18-28 on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Gershwin, the legendary composer of hundreds of iconic American standards, comes to life onstage in a musical performance declared, “’S Wonderful, ’S Marvelous!” by The Washington Post, “Sheer joy” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “Glorious. Poignant, moving and fascinating” by USA Today.

Born in Los Angeles on stage of the now-gone Tiffany Theatre on Sunset Boulevard 26 years ago in 1998, Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone has played to audiences worldwide for more than 3,000 performances, ranging from Los Angeles to South Korea with Broadway and London’s West End in between. This presentation will be Felder’s farewell to a beloved character who left us tragically in 1937 at the tender age of 38.

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Hershey Felder as George Gershwin

“As we continue to explore new ways to attract, grow and retain audiences, we remain committed to bringing theater of the highest quality to our stages. This includes introducing new voices and artists as part of our overall mix of programming, making room for special offerings like this one,” Tomei said. “We’ve admired Hershey’s remarkable talent for many years and are especially fortunate to be included in the farewell tour of this particular production, which Hershey has shared through more than 3,000 performances in more than 100 venues worldwide.”

This exploration of Gershwin’s short but extraordinary life illuminates the master tunesmith whose work shaped a distinctly American style of music. Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone spotlights this brilliant composer’s prolific partnership with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, and incorporates beloved songs ranging from the popular hits, “Fascinating Rhythm,” “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” to excerpts from groundbreaking musicals Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris, and a complete performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

“It’s an extraordinary thing to have Hershey Felder with us,” Ivers said. “I’ve long admired Hershey, his depth of talent and his fundamental ability to tell stories on and off ‘the keys.’ His keen perspective, huge intelligence, genuine sense of humor and open heart make him an ideal guest during our celebratory 60th season here at SCR.”

Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, with a book and concept design by Hershey Felder. Joel Zwick directs the production. Trevor Hay is the associate director. Lighting is by Michael Gilliam and sound is by Erik Carstensen.

Tickets range in price from $60-$100. Tickets may be purchased online at www.scr.org, or by phone at 714.708.5555.

SCR 2023-24 Upcoming Productions: Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, Jan. 18-28; (Theatre for Young Audiences) Alice’s Wonderland, Feb. 10-25; Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical, April 5-May 4; Galilee, 34, April 21-May 12 and Outside SCR’s The Old Man and the Old Moon at Mission San Juan Capistrano, July 20-Aug. 11. The annual showcase of new works, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, runs May 3-5.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scr.org.

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