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Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting, Intelligent

About the show

Pianist, actor, and playwright, Hershey Felder, brings one of America's greatest musical legends to life in this solo show about Leonard Bernstein. More…

After one-man shows about legendary composers Gershwin, Chopin, and Beethoven, Felder turns his attention to multihyphenate Bernstein. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of 'West Side Story,' 'Candide,' and 'On the Town.' Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world's first serious musical superstar. In 'Maestro,' Hershey Felder combines monologues with Leonard Bernstein's work, along with music by Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler, Copland, and others.

Member Reviews (70)


Entertaining, Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting, Intelligent
Avg Score

Absorbing, Educational, Entertaining, Intense, Imperfect

See it if you like bio-plays. LB's life was fascinating. Good music, good stories. I saw flaws, but didn't care by the end. I was hooked.

Don't see it if you want great acting. Felder wasn't quite up to it: his voice isn't great, his charisma is lacking. Still, I enjoyed all and learned a lot.

Entertaining, Interesting, Ambitious, Indulgent, Superficial

See it if you're interested in learning more about an important figure in late-20th Century classical music in an entertaining, if cursory, way.

Don't see it if you expect a faithful portrayal of Leonard Bernstein. Felder doesn't look or sound much like him, but he gives us a nice biographical sketch

Also This felt more like a showcase for Hershey Felder's impressive talents... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if you had to overcome life with difficult parents, dreamed of achieving a big life goal or have an interest in music. Fantastic use of stage.

Don't see it if you dislike classical music or Broadway show tunes.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you enjoy biographical one-man shows, especially if a great musician, Leonard Bernstein, career and life is being explored.

Don't see it if one-man shows aren't your thing. If you don't like classical or Broadway music.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if You love anything and everything about Leonard Bernstein ! You would enjoy a trip down the special memory lane that is Bernstein !

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one person shows. You are looking for a show with a plot. Bernstein is just a name to you. This is a love letter to his fans

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if are a Bernstein fan and want to have a fairly painless bio of him. Brought back some wonderful memories.

Don't see it if you HATE bad piano playing. Felder is a good storyteller, but he adds a boogie-woogie hand to Wagner! And his pedal work is atrocious.

Great music, Interesting, Engaging

See it if you are interested in a well staged and acted story of Leonard Bernstein, including some of his music.

Don't see it if Leonard Berstein does not interest you and you would not enjoy a musicians' life story or music.

Cliched, Indulgent, Schmaltzy, Too long

See it if You want to learn about a fascinating person, Leonard Bernstein, & hear his music adequately played.

Don't see it if You thought those kitschy shows in the Catskills of 40 plus years ago were boring.

Intelligent, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Biographical

See it if you enjoy one man shows & are interested in Bernstein. The show is from his eyes - heavy on early life, music theory & people he admired.

Don't see it if If you want more drama, more of his music & less exposition. Last third has some emotional parts that I found moving.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Great performance

See it if Masterful performance by Hershey Felder, who channels Leonard Bernstein in an intense, absorbing one man show. Exquisite piano playing.

Don't see it if A unique biographical piece, this show is often dark. You learn about Bernstein the man, but also about his key musical influences.

Also A good share of the musical selections are non-Bernstein pieces - such... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you like biography shows. This one is about Leonard Bernstein, covering both his career and his personal life.

Don't see it if you have no interest in listening to Bernstein's music. Much of the show is concert with an occasional break to talk about Bernstein's life.

Riveting, Absorbing, Touching, Entertaining

See it if You like biographical plays, you are interested in exploring various aspects of Leonard Bernstein's life, you enjoy piano music.

Don't see it if You expect the personification of Leonard Bernstein, you don't like one person plays, you don't enjoy piano music.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you want to know more about Bernstein. Engaging performance holds interest throughout. Heavy on early life, could have more on later years.

Don't see it if you are not interested in classical music. Don't like one-man shows.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Original, Informative

See it if you love a good story...especially the details of the life and work of a fascinating man and his music.

Don't see it if you don't like music, Jewish biographies, or one-man shows.

Absorbing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy one man shows or want to learn more about the life of Leonard Bernstein, or technical aspects of conducting

Don't see it if you expect a complete portrait of the life of this complex man. Concentrates more on the early days, and is rather selective on its topics

Enjoyable, Light-hearted, Clever, Great music

See it if you are a Bernstein fan and want a new perspective on the man and his music, or if you'd just like an absorbing evening of music & dialogue

Don't see it if you need a lot of action, thrills or surprises; you dislike small theater; or if an average impression of Bernstein will annoy you

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Intense, Indulgent

See it if You'd like to learn more about Lenny or want a nostalgia infusion, if you'd like to hear about the composers, conductors who influenced him

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in classical music or in the life of a tortured genius presented with gusto bordering on indulgence.

Also Despite weak points in both the script which spends too much time on h... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in Leonard Bernstein and his work. you like one man shows

Don't see it if you get bored easily with information about someone's life and career

Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Biographical, Interesting

See it if You admire the talent of Leonard Bernstein and want to learn about his life.

Don't see it if You don't care for one man shows and aren't really interested in the lives of famous people.

Entertaining, Relevant, Great pianist, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want a quick bio of Bernstein, with details necessarily glossed over

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows with a lot of music.; you don't want to research more details

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if A fine evocation of Bernstein and his career by Felder. A bit long but well produced and compelling.

Don't see it if If a musical career or Bernstein is not in your interest.

Disappointing, Clever

See it if You love Heshey Felder .

Don't see it if You love Leonard Bernstein

Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to learn more about the great composer and conductor Leonard Berstein.

Don't see it if you hate biographical pieces.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Masterful, Epic

See it if You love music and you are interested in lives of great people

Don't see it if You get bored with one-actor plays; you don't care about music or Bernstein

Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You love music of all types , appreciate a one man tour de force, and are interested in learning about Leonard Bernstein's background.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for 1 hour 45 did feel a bit too long (in previews) or if you expect perfection in the lead's voice.

Also While the show was panned in the NY Times, we enjoyed it for the most ... Read more Read less

September 12th, 2016
"Mr. Felder doesn’t have the magnetism of the musician who inspired a generation of artists...The music that Mr. Felder plays, quite nicely on a gleaming grand piano, is the best part of this show, which at an intermissionless 105 minutes is both overlong and insubstantial...The script lacks the ...
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September 11th, 2016
"What begins as a fairly dense talk on music theory transitions into something much more personal...Felder fully commits to the kind of broad and ballsy choices necessary for a good solo show. That still doesn't alleviate the falseness that creeps into the play...But if Felder's portrayal of Bern...
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September 12th, 2016
"The show enjoys exceptional direction by Joel Zwick...Get your tickets now. This production is sure to be a sell-out...Bravo to Hershey Felder for bringing Leonard Bernstein to life right before your eyes. Felder completely masters the role with his own extraordinary musical gifts and showmanshi...
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September 21st, 2016
“An insightful and unapologetic chronicle of a true genius and a truly flawed man…The manner in which Felder actualizes Bernstein’s epiphany is nothing short of pure theatrical magic…It is a riveting piece of stage craft. Moments of this kind of singular beauty have become increasingly rare in co...
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