The Kennedy Center


Theater J Presents The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane uses tour-de-force storytelling and extraordinary live piano music to tell the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II.

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Theater J Presents
The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane
By Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder

Lisa Jura becomes one refugee among almost 10,000 children who were brought to England for safety by the Kindertransport mission just as World War II began. Despite the devastating personal loss of separation from her beloved family, music enables Lisa to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura's daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling storytelling with breath-taking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more. This tour-de-force performance is a celebration of hope, resilience, and the power of music to help us survive even the darkest times. 

The Los Angeles Times wrote, "... this elegant, heartfelt solo show... is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph." 

Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.

NOTE: Mona Golabek will sign CDs following the 8 p.m. performances on September 21-23, in the lobby outside of the Family Theater.