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The Armory

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

June 30 – 30, 2017
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Last season's sold-out hit The Pianist of Willesden Lane is back for a limited premier engagement!

Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspirational story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. In this poignant show, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most stunning music by composers such as Beethoven, Bach and Chopin, while sharing her mother’s riveting true story of survival. Pianist is infused with hope and invokes the life-affirming power of music.

Run Time:
Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission.

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Please Note:
The Pianist of Willesden Lane is a limited premier engagement outside of the regular 2016-2017 season. Vouchers, promotional codes and coupons are not accepted for this production.

Age Recommendation:
The Pianist of Willesden Lane is recommended for ages 12+. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production.

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

A Resonant Tale of Survival
“Mona Golabek essentially channels her mother, pianist Lisa Jura, and strikes musical and emotional notes that transcend technical display or biographical sentiment. This elegant, heartfelt solo show ... is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph.” –Los Angeles Times

Deeply Affecting
“[The Pianist of Willesden Lane] tells the remarkable story of Lisa’s years in wartime London with an economy of means and a simplicity that only enhance the emotional effect ... it’s the kind of tale that would probably seem melodramatic if it were fiction. –The New York Times

An Uplifting Story of Extraordinary Love
The Pianist of Willesden Lane is a deeply moving account of a talented musician who survived against the odds ... Mona Golabek plays some of the world's most loved piano music (Mozart, Bach, Beethoven et al) ... Golabek is both a mesmerizing storyteller and a hugely talented pianist.” –Londonist

Deeply Stirring
Pianist is a stirring case of art preserving life ... Golabek sitting down at the Steinway piano ... is enough to make your mouth fall open with a certain wonder at the way of the world.” –Chicago Tribune

How Music Nurtures the Soul
“If you're looking for an extremely poignant evening of substantive musical theatre, I can't recommend The Pianist of Willesden Lane strongly enough.” –The Huffington Post

“No one can doubt the importance of the arts to human dignity and endurance after seeing The Pianist of Willesden Lane ... What makes Pianist so moving is Golabek's superb skills as both storyteller — she reenacts every role — and as an acclaimed pianist ... an excellent, deeply moving tribute.” –The Huffington Post

A Powerful Evening in the Theatre
The Pianist of Willesden Lane is grippingly wrenching almost past endurance ... Praise is superfluous for a performance like this. Golabek strikes a chord — literally so — that turns viewers not only speechless but at times veritably breathless.” –The Huffington Post

Pianist Mona Golabek 540 ©Mellopix 700X325

Mona Golabek performing The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Photo by

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