Before the Beatles told the world to “shake it up, baby” or the McCoys asked Sloopy to “hang on,” one man dreamed about being known. In the 1960s, Bert Berns was one of the most successful songwriters of his time, producing 51 hits in just 7 years. At the age of 38, Bert Berns died at the height of his career, leaving behind his children, his legend, and music that would live on forever.
Piece of My Heart tells Bert’s triumphant and tragic story through the eyes of Jessie, the daughter he never knew. Experience what Rolling Stone calls “one of the great untold stories of rock and roll.” This world premiere musical pulls you into a journey of discovery told through his chart-topping hits (and some rare gems) including “Twist and Shout,” “I Want Candy,” “Hang on Sloopy,” and the immortal title song, “Piece of My Heart.” Meet the man you never knew through the music you’ve known for years.
YAANY is offering its community members $39.50 for all preview performances until its opening on 7/21, and $49.50 post-opening from 7/23 and thereafter. This is over half off the box office price of $89.50. Enter the code PMHFF1 to purchase discounted tickets.
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Early development of Piece of My Heart began in 2009 at the New York Theatre Workshop. In 2011, a month-long workshop was conducted at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season at Vassar College.
Bert Berns was one of the great originals of the golden age of rhythm and blues. He first flourished as a staff producer at Atlantic Records, but Berns quickly developed into one of the leading record men of his day. He produced historic rhythm and blues records such as “Cry to Me” by Solomon Burke, “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters, and “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers. Songs of his such as “Twist and Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy,” or “Piece of My Heart” have become the bedrock of modern music, recorded by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Otis Redding, among many others. As head of his own record label, Bang Records, he signed and supervised the first solo records by Neil Diamond and Van Morrison. Born and raised in the Bronx, Berns suffered rheumatic fever as a teenager – an early death sentence in those pre-open heart surgery days. He died at age 38 on December 30, 1967 at the height of his career. But the music of Bert Berns never died. His songs have been consistently covered by the biggest names in the music business, featured in movie soundtracks, and have inspired many imitations and tributes.
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