- By Arlene Winnick
- Photo Courtesy of The Wallis
If you are not familiar with Hershey Felder and his remarkable one man shows, now is the time. Felder is a pianist, actor, composer and playwright. In each of his celebrated shows, musical greats from the past come alive on stage and insight into their lives, challenges, music and more are revealed. This month the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present the world premiere of Hershey Felder, PUCCINI, a live streamed musical event. This new performance introduces us to a young musician in love with the world of opera….and particularly Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, La bohème and Tosca. Through a series of unusual circumstances, he meets Puccini and life altering secrets are strangely revealed. Joining Felder in this production are three world-renowned opera stars: baritone Nathan Gunn; soprano Gianna Corbisiero and tenor Charles Castronovo. PUCCINI was filmed and performed on location in Lucca Italy, in the very home where Puccini was born. Ongoing at The Wallis is Films.Dance, a series of international films made during the pandemic that honor dance, music, fashion and film across cultures and countries.
The streaming event – benefiting The Wallis – will take place March 14th and will be available for on-demand streaming until March 21st.