First, pianist-actor-writer Hershey Felder brought an American musical icon to the fore in his one-man show "George Gershwin Alone." His new production reaches farther back into musical history as Felder channels Fryderyk Chopin at the Geffen Playhouse. Invoking the great pianist's painter friend, Eugene Delacroix, who said that Chopin's boldest inventions were the ones he made up on the spot, in "Monsieur Chopin: The Music of Fryderyk Chopin," Felder invites the audience to sing and chat as he remains in character, fielding audience questions because they can't exactly sing along to the Prelude in C minor.
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