Stage favorites Leslie Kritzer (Legally blonde, Hairspray), Teal Wicks (Wicked) and Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!) will appear in the previously announced Piece of My Heart, a new biographic musical about the life and songs of songwriter Bert Berns. The tuner, with a book by Daniel Goldfarb and directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, will play The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center beginning June 25. Opening night is set for July 21.
Joining Kritzer as Jessie, Wicks as Ilene and Resnick as Berns, will be Linda Hart as Mom, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, Tony nominee de’Adre Aziza as Candace and Derrick Baskin as Hoagy. The ensemble will include Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff and Mark Zeisler.
Piece of My Heart tells the story of one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. His hits, which were recorded by such artists as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Otis Redding, include "Twist and Shout," "Tell Him," "I Want Candy," “Hang On Sloopy,” "Cry, Baby" and many more.