Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, the new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns opened on July 21, 2014. Piece of my Heart produced by Merged Work Productions has a book by Daniel Goldfarb, and is Directed and Choreographed by Denis Jones.
Bert Berns, whose life is also the subject of the just-released book Here Comes the Night, was born in New York in 1929 and died tragically of a heart attack at just 38 years of age. But in his short career, Berns left an indelible mark on popular music; he made fifty-one pop chart singles in seven years and became one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story tells his remarkable tale, once dubbed by Rolling Stone "one of the great untold stories of rock and roll," through his hit songs, which include "Twist and Shout," "Tell Him," "I Want Candy," "Hang On Sloopy," "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," and many more.
The talented cast of Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story includes Zak Resnick as Bert Berns, Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer as Jessie, Theatre World Award-winner Linda Hart as Ilene, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, Tony Award nominee de’Adre Aziza as Candace, Derrick Baskin as Hoagy, Bryan Fenkart as Young Wazzel, and Teal Wicks as Young Ilene, with an ensemble that includes Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Jessica McRoberts, Ralph Meitzler, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Heather Parcells, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff, and Mark Zeisler.
The creative team for Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story also includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Carl Casella (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair and Wig Design), Garry Sherman (Music Supervision, Orchestrations & Arrangements), Lon Hoyt (Music Direction and Additional Vocal Arrangements) and Telsey + Co. (Casting).
Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story is playing at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd St).
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