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Love, Lenny (OR Bernstein’s Kaddish): A reading of a new play with music by Steven Fisher

September 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


“You’re going to die a bitter and lonely, old man,” predicts Felicia Bernstein – a shocking curse to place on America’s most beloved musician.  We discover the reason for her curse at the climax of an enthralling journey through the fascinating life of Leonard Bernstein. Lenny, as he’s affectionately called, is prompted to take us on this theatrical ride when his friend Aaron Copland postures that – in the end – composers are remembered for one piece and one piece only. Which piece will that be? Why is Bernstein vehemently against it being his sensational West Side Story? And why does Felicia think it should be Bernstein’s little-known Kaddish Symphony? The answers lie in a dark secret that is revealed along the way, forcing Bernstein to come to terms with betrayal and regret and seek forgiveness from Felicia, with the hopes of finding within himself what the Jewish prayer Kaddish pleads for – peace.


September 7, 2017
8:00 pm
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Philadelphia , PA 19103 United States
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