Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story celebrates its official opening night on July 21 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. The off-Broadway bio-musical, directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, stars Zak Resnick as the titular songwriter. He is joined by Broadway vets Leslie Kritzer as Jessie, Teal Wicks as Ilene and de’Adre Aziza as Candace.
With a book by Daniel Goldfarb, 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.
In addition to Resnick, Kritzer, Wicks and Aziza, the cast features Linda Hart as Mom, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, Derrick Baskin as Hoagy and Bryan Fenkart as Young Wazzel. The ensemble includes Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff and Mark Zeisler.