The Pianist of Willesden Lane May 10 - May 26, 2019

Performed by Mona Golabek

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This production is made possible by the support of generous donors like you. With your support, Le Petit Theatre's production of The Pianist of Willesden Lane will challenge audiences to examine the past through Lisa Jura's remarkable story and analyze its connections to the present, in the hopes of informing a more equitable and just future. Click below to contribute today!

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THEATRE PLUS EVENTS

Friday, May 10: Student Matinee, 10AM. Please contact cpellegrini@lepetittheatre.com for more information and to sign up your class or school!

Sunday, May 12: Behind the Curtain, post-show. Learn more about the production and process by attending this engaging talkback and Q&A.
 
Sunday, May 19: Book Club, 1:00PM. Discussing The Children of Willesden Lane. Book Club is free and open to the public. Books are available for purchase at Le Petit. 
 
Monday, May 20: Industry Night, 7:30PM. Join us for our special industry night performance, with all seats priced at only $25.00! This performance is open to the public.
 
Thursday, May 23: Bike Night, 7:30PM. BikeEasy will be providing secure, complimentary bike valet services to all patrons starting one hour before curtain.
 

Le Petit Theatre is deeply grateful to The Helis Foundation and to The General Fund and the Leonard E. Prelutsky Memorial Fund of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, and Goldring Family Foundation for generous underwriting support of this production.

 

Mona Golabek
American concert pianist Mona Golabek has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and Royal Festival Hall. She is a Grammy nominee who has been the subject of several documentaries, including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Her recordings include Carnival of the Animals and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite featuring Meryl Streep, both recorded with Mona’s sister, Renee Golabek-Kaye. Both daughters were taught by their mother, Lisa Jura, who is the subject of Mona’s acclaimed book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Mona’s father, Michele Golabek, received the Croix de Guerre for his role in the French Resistance. 

Mona founded Hold On To Your Music, a foundation devoted to spreading the message of the power of music. With the help of the Milken Family Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Annenberg Foundation, she created educational resources which, with her book, have been adopted into school curricula across America. Additional educational partnerships have been formed with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Mashplant and the USC Shoah Foundation — all helping to bring forth the story of Lisa Jura.

Adaptor/Director Hershey Felder
Felder created and performed George Gershwin Alone, which played on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, in the West End at the Duchess Theatre, and in theaters around the country. His Composers Sonata — George Gershwin AloneMonsieur ChopinBeethoven, As I Knew HimMaestro BernsteinHershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik; and Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin — has been presented at dozens of theaters across the U.S. and around the world.

Compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and OrchestraFairytale, a musicalLes Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano;Song SettingsSaltimbanques for Piano and OrchestraEtudes Thematiques for PianoLove Songs of the Yiddish TheatreBack from Broadway; and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. He created Eighty-Eight Entertainment in 2001; its newest division, Hershey Felder Presents, continues in the creation of new works of musical theater.


REVIEWS

"Golabek commands the stage both as storyteller and musician, punctuating the narrative with beautiful renditions from classical composers like Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff ... all played with dramatic and emotive flourish." – The New Orleans Advocate 

"Golabek gives a fearless portrayal, impressing the audience with her own musical talent. This is an experience that leaves one elevated and grateful." –WYES-TV

"Through her playing and storytelling, she strikes notes both musical and emotional, which resonate within the intimate space of Le Petit.This unforgettable performance is a heartfelt and vital experience of the human spirit." – nola.com

“This is stunning theater that will leave you emotionally breathless…a theatrical experience not to be missed.” - Broadway World