One-man show celebrates music

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January 26, 2003|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Hershey Felder is a concert pianist, composer, actor and playwright, as well as a volunteer for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, gourmet cook, visiting scholar at Harvard University and the husband of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell. He's also the first performer whom the George Gershwin estate has permitted to impersonate the late great American composer on the professional stage.

Felder's one-man show, George Gershwin Alone, opens a monthlong run at Ford's Theatre in Washington tomorrow, after engagements in Boston, Palm Beach (twice), Los Angeles and, briefly, on Broadway. The show, which Felder has described as "an imagination with music," includes such Gershwin chestnuts as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "The Man I Love" and "Embraceable You," not to mention Rhapsody in Blue. Direction is by Joel Zwick, director of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Show times at Ford's, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with matinees at 1 p.m. Thurs-days and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 23. Tickets are $29-$45 (except tonight's final preview, which is $25). For more information, call 202-347-4833 or visit www. fordstheatre.org.

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