Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Backstage Event: Dinner With “George Gershwin Alone”’s Hershey Felder & BTG Artistic Director, CEO Kate Maguire

Pittsfield, MABerkshire Theatre Group (BTG) is proud to announce a Backstage Event: Dinner With Hershey Felder and Kate Maguire (Artistic Director, CEO) on Friday, August 30 at The Colonial Theatre, beginning at 5pm.

Enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by a comfort cuisine dinner, catered by Firefly, with Hershey Felder and Kate Maguire. Ticket prices are as follows: $150 for backstage dinner and performance of George Gershwin Alone; $100 for backstage dinner only.

Purchase tickets to this event by contacting Fundraising and Outreach Associate, Veronica Bone at 413-448-8084 x50 or by Friday, August 16.

There will be special parking available in Pittsfield’s municipal parking lot, located on the South side of The Colonial Theatre.

Named to Time Magazine’s 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals, Hershey Felder 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. American Theatre Magazine has said, “Hershey Felder is in a category all his own.” His shows include: George Gershwin Alone (Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, West End’s Duchess Theatre), Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven, Maestro (Leonard Bernstein), Franz Liszt in Musik, Lincoln: An American Story, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and Our Great Tchaikovsky. His compositions and recordings include: Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and OrchestraFairytale, a musical; Les Anges de ParisSuite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra.

Hershey is the adaptor, director and designer for the internationally performed play-with-music The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Steinway artist Mona Golabek; producer and designer for the musical Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara directed by Taylor Hackford; and writer and director for Flying Solo, featuring opera legend Nathan Gunn. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of Claude Debussy and a new musical based on the award-winning book Out on a Ledge by Eva Libitzky. Hershey has operated a full-service production company since 2001. He has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

George Gershwin Alone features delightful classics such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” songs from Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris, and a complete performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Directed by Joel Zwick (Broadway: George Gershwin Alone, Dance With Me; Film: My Big Fat Greek Wedding; TV: Laverne & ShirleyFull House, Perfect Strangers, Family Matters). George Gershwin Alone runs at The Colonial Theatre, August 24 though August 31.

About Berkshire Theatre Group
The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County school children annually.

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