Laguna Playhouse announces Hershey Felder, A Paris Love Story, opening May 8

Laguna Playhouse in association with Hershey Felder Presents is thrilled to offer a very special event production, Hershey Felder, A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of Claude Debussy, written and performed by Hershey Felder, and directed by Trevor Hay. Hershey Felder will open on May 8 and perform through May 19. 

Virtuoso actor and pianist Hershey Felder takes us on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. For decades Felder’s “Great Composer Series” has celebrated the brilliance of Beethoven, Berlin, Tchaikovsky, and more. 

In this glorious new production, he brings to life a visionary who proclaimed nature his religion, creating music of ravishing beauty, color, and compassion. From the sweeping La mer to the evocative Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, and the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten. 

Hershey Felder has played over 5,000 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and has broken box office records consistently. 

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Actor and pianist Hershey Felder 

His compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra

Hershey is the adaptor, director, and designer for the internationally performed play-with-music The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Steinway artist Mona Golabek; producer and designer for the musical Louis and Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara, directed by Taylor Hackford; and writer and director for Flying Solo, featuring opera legend Nathan Gunn. 

Upcoming projects include a new musical based on the award-winning book Out on a Ledge by Eva Libitzky. Hershey has operated a full-service production company since 2001. He has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 11 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m.’ and Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m.

Tickets range from $85 - $125 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices are subject to change. 

The box office is open Mondays - Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open until showtime on performance days.

The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.