Heralded as “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived,” by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.” Songwriter Jerome Kern said it all: “Irving Berlin…IS American music.” In this tour de force performance by award winning showman Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone and Maestro: Leonard Bernstein), the remarkable story of “America’s Composer” comes to life. We’re taken from the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side—and ultimately all of America and the world. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs and beyond, Hershey Felder’s masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey that epitomizes the American dream.
"Enriching, humorous and replete with most of the brilliant Berlin tunes ... you do not want to miss a delicious moment of it!" —Broadway World
About the Artist
Hershey Felder is an award winning actor, playwright and concert pianist. Winner of 2007 Los Angeles Ovation Awards for Best Musical and Best Actor for George Gershwin Alone, Mr. Felder’s compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. As director, Mr. Felder premiered Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012 and Chris Lemmon in Jack Lemmon Returns in 2014, and continues to actively produce the work of other artists at theatres across the United States.
- Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
- An Eighty Eight Entertainment, Eva Price, Samantha F. Voxakis and Karen Racanelli production
- Lyrics & Music by Irving Berlin
- Book by Hershey Felder
- Performed by Hershey Felder
- Directed by Trevor Hay
- Production management Eric Carstensen
- Ages: All
- Run Time: 2 hours with no intermission