Review: Audiences in love with Felder!

The Wallis Annenberg Center present Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story – due to popular demand already extended through Jun 16.

This production is the latest work in Felder’s critically acclaimed “Great Composer Series” of one-man shows. The last one I saw was Ludwig van Beethoven and he was brilliant! Felder is a great actor, musician− an aficionado of the classic composers bringing them alive to audiences worldwide. Felder asks, “This idea−where do things come from and how they actually arrive there?”

Felder was named to Time Magazine’s 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals. He has played over 5,000 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and has broken box office records consistently. Audiences love Felder, and he backs a full house of loyal fans. 

This one-man show features the life and music of French composer Claude Debussy. Who is known for his impressionist style of music and thought music is to give pleasure. Felder delivers on that from the sweeping La mer to the mystic Clair de lune. Hershey, who wrote the piece takes us on a journey through the life of the composer playing Claude Debussy/The Boy/Himself.

Felder edifies why Debussy is so important in the music world. For example, Debussy’s use of the Pentatonic (five note scale). The composer drew from many sources including French opera composers such as Gounod, the Gregorian chant, Eastern music, ragtime and Renaissance polyphony. We also learn that his music influenced Jazz, particularly George Gershwin.

French composer Claude Debussy’s major works included Clair de lune (“Moonlight”; in Suite bergamasque, 1890–1905), Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), the opera Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), and La Mer (1905; “The Sea”).
Felder also wrote the piece and created the scenic design. 

Other production credits are as follows. Trevor Hay (Director), Christopher Ash (Lighting and Projection Design), Stacey Nezda (Costume Design) Erik Carstensen (Sound Design and Production Management), Diego Funes (Additional Movement), Meghan Maiya, M.A. (Historical & Biographical Research), Joel Zwick (Consulting Producer).

The journey was as lovely as the music−a wonderful production that you will loveFelder gave us a beautiful canvas with appropriate images and the sounds of water, fish and nature. I did notice the story lacked a dramatic arc. The dénouement was near the end when Felder’s emotions erupted while he shared a personal account which evoked tears.
Production already extended through Sunday, June 16 due to popular demand.

This performance was on opening night, May 24, 2009, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.


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