59E59 Theaters has announced plans to launch its new 5A Season with the New York premiere of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder. The play will begin performances on July 11 for a limited engagement through August 24. Opening night is set for July 22.
The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, the story follows Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who dreams about her concert debut in Vienna. Inspired by Golabek's own experiences, the play combines theater with an intimate piano concerto.
The design team includes Trevor Hay and Hershey Felder (scenic design), Christopher Rynne (lighting design), Jaclyn Maduff (costume design), Erik Carstensen (sound design), and Andrew Wilder and Greg Sowizdrzal (projection design).
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