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Theater Review: “Piece Of My Heart”

July 30, 2014

“Piece Of My Heart” is an extraordinary musical play telling the story of Bert Berns, an equally extraordinary songwriter, who died so young and whose accomplishments, incredibly and unjustly, are little known.

This play, which weaves the story and music brilliantly and in an entertaining manner (think Jersey Boys, it is that good!) hopefully will change the recognition factor involving Mr. Berns, who died at age 38 in 1967.

The entire cast is wonderful with Zak Resnick shining throughout as Bert Berns. Linda Hart of “Hairspray” fame also stands out playing Bert’s widow Ilene in the later years.

After seeing the play, I now have incredible fascination and curiosity about Bert Berns, who was given great talent but a short time to live.

It was his determination and motivation to do, knowing he had a weak heart and a short time to live, that should be incredible motivation to all of us.

This great work, directed and choreographed by Denis Jones and with Jack Thomas as executive producer, will tell about Berns and help correct the injustice of his lack of recognition.

As always you can look it up and see Berns wrote or co wrote so many great songs and big hits. “Twist and Shout” and “Piece Of My Heart” are two among the many.

The play tells the story of why Berns’ recognition factor is so low; doing so in flashing episodes (with his great songs) of Berns’ life.

The great Jewish scholar Hillel’s name is evoked, as are some of his sayings. One truly applies to seeing this tremendous work: “If not now, when?”

The where is “The Pershing Square Signature Center at 480 West 42nd Street with performances (Tuesday-Friday) at 7:30, two shows Saturday (2 and 8) and a 2 o’clock performance on Sunday afternoons.

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