Thursday, August 17, 2023

"The Crown" Star Lands Lead in GSP's "The Pianist"



Daniel Donskoy to Star in George Street Playhouse's

The Pianist



THE PIANIST stars Ukrainian-Russian Jewish actor Daniel Donskoy (A Small Light; The Crown) as Wladyslaw Szpilman in his American stage debut and features Claire Beckman (The Torch-Bearers) as Mother, Austin Pendleton (Between Riverside and Crazy; The Minutes; The Little Foxes) as Father, Paul Spera (On The Basis of Sex) as Henryk, Arielle Goldman (The How and the Why) as Regina, Georgia Warner (Broadway: All My Sons) as Halina/Woman, Charlotte Ewing (Law and Order: SVU) as Magda/Boy, Tina Benko (Broadway: The Rose Tattoo) as Janina and others, Robert David Grant (Succession) as Majorek and others, and Jordan Lage (Broadway: Glengarry Glenross) as Jaworski.

Directed and adapted by Emily Mann, the play features an original score by Iris Hond (headliner at the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam and New Church in The Hague) and choreography and assistant direction by Terry Berliner (The Lion King resident director; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife). THE PIANIST has scenic design by Tony Award Winner Beowulf Boritt (New York, New York; Come from Away), lighting design by Japhy Weideman (Dear Evan Hansen; Shucked), costume design by Tony Award Winner Linda Cho (A Gentlemen’s Guide...; POTUS), co-sound design by Mark Bennett (The Coast of Utopia; Vanya and Sonia...) & Charles Coes (Sing Street; Golden Child), and video and projection design by S. Katy Tucker (Letters From Max; Elektra directed by Francesca Zambello). Cheryl Mintz will serve as the Production Stage Manager. Cheryl spent five seasons at Lincoln Center with the New York City Opera where she has Stage Managed 40 operas and musicals, three tours and three PBS telecasts.  Other companies include: Opera New Jersey, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Baltimore Opera Company, National Grand Opera, NJPAC.



Daniel Donskoy (Wladyslaw Szpilman)

Daniel made his theatrical debut in London's Camden Fringe Festival in 2014. In 2019, he played Israeli gangster Danny Dahan in the HBO series Strike Back, and in 2020, he played Princess Diana's lover James Hewitt in the Netflix series The Crown. He released his first single "Cry By the River"; and his debut EP "Didn't I Say So," in 2019, and played his first club tour through Germany. He is the host and moderator of the talk show “Freitagnacht Jews” (Friday Night Jews) which was awarded the German Television Prize 2021 and The Grimme Prize 2022. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, he tried to counter Russian war propaganda with the Russian song Net Vojne (“No to War”). He was the winner of season 7 of The Masked Singer in Germany and was the first Jewish entertainer to host the German Film Awards. The Pianist marks his American stage debut.




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