Full casting has been announced for Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns. The show is set to begin previews at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center on June 25, with an official opening set for July 21.
The cast will include Zak Resnick as Bert Berns, Leslie Kritzer as Jessie, Linda Hart as Mom, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, de'Adre Aziza as Candace, Derrick Baskin as Hoagy, and Teal Wicks as Ilene, with an ensemble that includes Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff, and Mark Zeisler.
Piece of My Heart has a book by Daniel Goldfarb, with direction and choreography by Denis Jones. The musical's creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Carl Casella (sound design), Garry Sherman (music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements), and Lon Hoyt (music direction).
Songwriter and record producer Bert Berns made 51 pop chart singles in seven years and became one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. His songs include "Twist and Shout," "Tell Him," "I Want Candy," "Hang On Sloopy," "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," and more.
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