Actor-pianist plays Leonard Bernstein at Berkeley Rep

Hershey Felder returns to Berkeley Repertory Theatre next week with his one-man show “Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.” The award-winning stage actor and pianist combines first-person narrative with the music of Bernstein to examine the late composer’s life.

The show opens with a preview performance on Thursday, June 5 and runs through June 22. Felder portrays the conductor, pianist, teacher and composer of such musicals as “West Side Story,” “Candide” and “On the Town” who became a musical superstar in his lifetime (1918-1990).

In recent years, Felder also has staged one-man shows portraying Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Chopin. He brought “George Gershwin Alone” to Berkeley Rep last year and took the musical to Broadway, London and elsewhere around the world, logging more than 3,000 performances.

Felder also directed last fall’s hit one-woman show at Berkeley Rep, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” which will premiere on the New York stage this summer.

Berkeley Rep is located at 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. For tickets and information, call (510) 647-2949 or visit