“George Gershwin ALONE” with actor-pianist Hershey Felder is now playing at The Laguna Playhouse until February 21. Here is part of the BroadwayWorld.com review; “One of American Jazz’s early ambassadors, composer George Gershwin is regarded as one of history’s most renowned architects of the Great American Songbook. From “I Got Rhythm” to “Embraceable You,” Gershwin (together with lyricist brother Ira) crafted a repertoire of music that’s become so synonymous with its era and the city of its birth that most people can’t imagine a musical landscape without these iconic compositions. In George Gershwin ALONE, Hershey Felder—in a remarkable, captivating performance—brings a first-person account of Gershwin’s staggering brilliance and calls attention to a life so tragically cut short. Transplanted directly from its engagements on Broadway, London and all around the world, the show is a one-man musical journey that explores the rise and fall of a creative genius.
The third and final movement of Felder’s three-part “Composer Sonata” series (the first two portray Beethoven and Chopin, respectively), George Gershwin ALONE travels through Gershwin’s path towards infamy, from his early days as a young man interacting with his Russian-born immigrant parents to his work as a Tin Pan Alley composer, to the development (and subsequent critical derision) of two of his most memorable operas Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess. Felder effortlessly channels Gershwin both in words and songs, occasionally stepping out from behind the piano to deliver Gershwin’s life story—though much too little of it—then slides back behind the ivories to croon his signature scores.
There is no denying that Felder is an enthralling actor-pianist, highlighted by his excellent work in the climactic, completely engrossing performance of Gershwin’s most celebrated masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue. That piece alone is worth the price of admission. Though his talents while portraying Gershwin are indisputable, it is after the conclusion of the play—where he takes his bows and sheds the persona of Gershwin—when Felder, as himself, becomes even more enchanting. To everyone’s welcoming delight, he morphs into an affable party host, leading the intimately-gathered audience to a rousing sing-along—reminiscent of the old days, Felder explains, when people used to gather around the piano and sing along to the hits of the day, a nice capper to an evening of fantastic American classics from the incomparable George Gershwin.”
Tuesday – Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m.
Thursday Matinees January 14 & 28 at 2 p.m.
Sunday Evening January 24 at 7 p.m.
Tickets to any performance are available by purchasing tickets in person or by calling the box office at (949) 497-ARTS  (or group sales, dial ext. 229) or by visiting their web site at www.lagunaplayhouse.com. The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA.
Edited from an article in BroadwayWorld.Com