Piece of My Heart

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    July 1, 2014

    What the popular press said...

    "The danger for any jukebox musical is that the songs will seem like cheesy covers or pale imitations. But when Derrick Baskin, playing Bert’s loyal friend Hoagy, brings his own sweet vibe to “Twist and Shout,” you’re barely thinking about the Beatles. Instead, and maybe for the first time in years, you’re thinking about the music."
    Laura Collins Hughes for New York Times

    "Nothing good has yet come of this formula — certainly not Beautiful or Motown or Soul Doctor. But until Piece of My Heart, nothing irredeemably horrid had come of it either. So: Cause to celebrate! We have hit rock bottom."
    Jesse Green for Vulture

    "The music is infectious, the singing and dancing are up to the legacy. But Daniel Goldfarb's book, no doubt true to the heirs' intentions, is a mysterious jumble of too much information, copious grudges and not enough answers."
    Linda Winner for Newsday

    "You may not know Bert Berns, but you know his music. And even after two hours and 20 minutes of Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, the jukebox musical at Off Broadway's Pershing Square Signature Center, you still may not know Bert Berns."
    Melissa Rose Bernardo for Entertainment Weekly

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