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January 01, 2004|By J. Wynn Rousuck

`Gershwin Alone' at Ford's Theatre

Hershey Felder returns to Ford's Theatre in Washington Tuesday in his one-man show George Gershwin Alone. Felder, a Canadian native, is the sole performer to win the Gershwin family's blessing to depict the late composer, whose extensive works range from such songs as "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm" to the symphonic piece Rhapsody in Blue and the opera Porgy and Bess.

As part of his research, Felder culled through Gershwin's personal papers, manuscripts and recordings and also interviewed family members, friends and biographers. In addition, he listened to old radio programs to capture the composer's speech patterns. Besides last season's engagement at Ford's, Felder has performed Gershwin Alone at theaters from coast to coast, including on Broadway. The show is directed by Joel Zwick, whose credits include the hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Show times at Ford's, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, with matinees at 1 p.m. Thursdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 25. Tickets are $29-$45. For more information, call 202-347-4833.

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