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Mona GolabekThe Pianist of Willesden Lane
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is directed by Hershey Felder. It tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who dreams of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. When Lisa is swept up in the Kindertransport to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of that dream.

Mona Golabek, Lisa Jura's daughter, tells her mother's story and performs some of the world’s most beloved piano music in this poignant tribute to her remarkable mother.

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane, written by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is one young girl's story of survival and how the most beautiful music in the world saved her life.


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The Pianist of Willesden Lane has been chosen among the top ten shows for 2013 by
the San Francisco Chronicle
and the Chicago Sun Times


Listen to Mona on NPR's All Things Considered.


Mona Golabek on WGBH

2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Theatrical Excellence

The Pianist of Willesden Lane has received two nominations:

Solo Performance: Mona Golabek
CGI/Video: Greg Sowizdrzal

The Pianist of Willesden Lane, The Geffen Playhouse and Hershey Felder at The Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse

“Mona Golabek will break and lift your heart.”



About the Book and the Author

Napa Valley Register
"a spellbinder... had the audience on its feet, many in tears and all roaring with applause.... the spirit and the triumph of Lisa Jura’s story and the continuity that her daughter is here to tell it, put it at the top of my list this season."


San Francisco Chronicle
“astonishing tour de force….. stunningly good….. intimations of indomitable humanity never heard before”


Chicago Tribune

"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 Sun-Times
"spirit-raising….. most inspirational show on a Chicago stage."

Orange County Register
“What rockets it into the stratosphere of great theater, and great storytelling, is the presence of Mona Golabek in the role of Jura….a family portrait that's achingly personal …..deeply universal."

Broadway World

“This is stunning theater that will leave you emotionally breathless…a theatrical experience not to be missed.”


Los Angeles Times
“The Pianist of Willesden Lane is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph. ...an undiluted privilege to witness.”


L.A. Backstage
“The Pianist of Willesden Lane" is a touching and reassuring reminder that the ageless magnificence of great art can stubbornly, resolutely overshadow man's inhumanity to man. It's a message told with exquisite beauty and breathtakingly simple benevolence by Golabek and Felder, two world-class talents who epitomize the concept of artistic collaboration trumping all obstacles.”



Performing Arts Live

“It is a privilege to be in the audience! This is a must for all theater goers and is one of our FEATURED events.”


Total Theater.com

“And when it comes time for her to recreate her mother`s musical triumphs, she comes through thrillingly on the grand piano, dashing off pieces by Bach, Debussy, Mozart and Greig with astonishing skill and flair.”


L.A. Weekly

"She reminds us of the transformative power of art in even the darkest of times."


Stage Happenings

“…Golabek brings all of the characters to life, and as she tells her family story, it is difficult not to shed tears.”


L.A. Arts Online.com

“Los Angeles theater audiences have spoken and The Pianist of Willesden Lane is a hit!”


L.A. Times Sunday Conversations



The Examiner
“Mona Golabek is truly a woman of extraordinary talent. It is a rare privilege and an exquisite opportunity to see somebody so close to the story bring it so vividly to life.”


Endless Knots: The astounding Mona Golabek

Are you in or near Boston? Can you get here by Sunday night? You must.** “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” is theatre like you've never seen it, music you've...


Boston Globe
“Golabek delivers an exceptionally heartfelt daughter-to-mother tribute.”


Emtertainment Monthly
“Mona Golabek... casts a magic spell over the audiences of The Pianist of Willesden Lane.”


The Edge
“...gifted concert pianist and author Mona Golabek... It is a must-see production...”


The Theater Mirror, New England's LIVE Theater Guide
“It’s rare that a performer becomes so enmeshed in the character she's portraying, she becomes that person's living, breathing personification. It's even more rare that the audience, hypnotized by her stirring portrayal...”






The Pianist of Willesden Lane...
     ...opening in New York!

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Mona Golabek

Mona Golabek performing as Lisa Jura in The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Mona's hands at the piano

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Mona Golabek

Mona Golabek

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