Gershwin at Wallis
- By Arlene Winnick
Circle two dates on your calendar this month: September 13 and 26 as The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will offer two ‘one time only’ streamed not to be missed musical events.
First up is Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, live from Florence Italy. Felder has made stage history with his one man shows celebrating Leonard Bernstein, Franz Liszt, Irving Berlin, Beethoven and other masters of music. Gershwin Alone tells the story of America’s great composter and features his best-known songs (written with his brother Ira) from “The Man I Love,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” through the hits from An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess to a complete performance of Rhapsody in Blue. Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone has had over 3,000 performances worldwide. The second event is the U.S. premiere of the Wise Children production of Romantics Anonymous, live streamed from UK’s Bristol Old Vic theatre. The play with book and direction by Emma Rice, was scheduled to open at the Wallis earlier this season. Romantics is an unusual love story of shy candymaker Angélique and the manager of a struggling chocolate factory, Jean-René. Based on the film Les Émotifs Anonymes, The London Times raved, “A sweetly funny, gorgeously tender musical rom-com.”
Tickets sales from both productions will benefit The Wallis. Purchases include the live stream plus a week of extended viewing. Click here for tickets.