Rachmaninoff and the Tsar
HFP & San Diego Theatres

Rachmaninoff and the Tsar

A New Musical Play

August 27 - 31, 2024

August 27 - 31, 2024

Balboa Theatre
Tickets start at $76 ($5 per-order fee will apply)
Run Time
Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes
All ages must have own ticket.
On Sale
Tickets On Sale Fri, May 31 @ 10:00 AM

Don't miss this world premiere production - Hershey Felder's first new musical play in five years!

With Hershey Felder as Sergei V. Rachmaninoff
And Jonathan Silvestri as Tsar Nicholas II

Music of Sergei V. Rachmaninoff
Book by Hershey Felder
Dramaturgy by Jerry Patch
Directed by Trevor Hay

Having safely left Russia during the 1917 revolution, legendary pianist and composer Sergei V. Rachmaninoff made his home in the United States. In 1942, at the age of 68, he received American citizenship and bought a home in Beverly Hills, but his native home remained in his soul. Six months thereafter, a terminal illness brought forth the memory of a long-ago encounter with Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas II, and the Tsar’s daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, a memory that would haunt him until the very last.

This exploration of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s itinerant but extraordinary life illuminates the master’s sense of home and family and how those elements influenced his art. Featuring his world-famous C# minor Prelude to his second piano concerto, his symphonies and his Paganini Variations, this world premiere promises to be another mystical musical journey in the Hershey Felder style that audiences have come to know and love.

RACHMANINOFF AND THE TSAR stars Hershey Felder in the role of Sergei Rachmaninoff, and for the first time, Felder will play opposite another artist, British-Italian Jonathan Silvestri in the role of Tsar Nicholas II.

Rachmaninoff and the Tsar features the music of Sergei V. Rachmaninoff with a book by Hershey Felder. The production is directed by Trevor Hay. Dramaturgy by Jerry Patch. Concept design is by Hershey Felder. Lighting is by Erik S. Barry, sound and production management is by Erik Carstensen, Projections are by Stefano Decarli, Costumes are by Marysol Gabriel and hair is by Tom Watson. To learn more, visit hersheyfelder.net.