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Premiere of ‘Lincoln—An American Story’ by Hershey Felder at Pasadena Playhouse –

March 21, 2012
By Candyce Columbus

Hershey Felder finishes his three-show gig at the Pasadena Playhouse with the premiere of his newest work for actor and symphony orchestra Lincoln—An American Story opening Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

The piece is a true tale based on the words of Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, who in April of 1865 as a twenty-three-year old medical student attended the April 14th performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC with President Lincoln in attendance. When the actor, John Wilkes Booth made his way into President Lincoln’s box to assassinate him, a surgeon was called for, and Charles Leale, just a young American army surgeon found himself at the center of history that would change the world.

Leale only told the story of what he witnessed and was a part of that evening once in his life as a sixty-three year old man – at a gathering of army friends at Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City on the occasion of Lincoln’s hundredth birthday in 1909.  It is this story, the document of which resides at the library of Congress, upon which this new musical/theatrical work is based.

Lincoln—An American Story for Actor and Symphony Orchestra will be performed in front of a 45-piece orchestra.

“Last season Hershey Felder brought Pasadena audiences his amazing portrayal of George Gershwin. The performance was very enthusiastically received, and we are thrilled that he has chosen to premiere Lincoln—An American Story at The Pasadena Playhouse,” said Artistic Director Sheldon Epps. “Hershey is truly a renaissance man – a writer, actor and accomplished musician – and only he could develop and bring to life such important and entertaining works.”

Lincoln—An American Story will perform March 27 through April 7. Single show regular ticket prices range from $44 – $69, with Premium Seating available for $100. Call 626-356-7529 visit or visit The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA91101.

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