Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Songwriter Jerome Kern said it all: “Irving Berlin … IS American music.” In this tour de force performance by award-winning pianist and performer Hershey Felder, the remarkable story of “America’s Composer” takes us from the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side — and ultimately throughout America and the world. Featuring Irving Berlin’s most popular and enduring songs, Hershey Felder’s masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey that epitomizes the American dream. Hailed 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,” “Blue Skies” and “Cheek to Cheek.”
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes; no intermission.
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Recommended for ages 10 and up. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.
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Reviews of "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin"
"A stimulating, thrilling evening and a great education in American music. Hershey Felder is a phenomenon ..."
"Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" Cast and Creative Team
Learn more about the masterminds bringing Irving Berlin's legacy to the stage.
The Great American Songbook Singalong Dec 31, 7:30 pm
NEW YEAR'S EVE! Include us as part of your celebrations this year! Hershey Felder, star and creator of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, in an evening of popular song for one night only. An entire century of American music - with Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim... The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Showboat and more!
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Live Choral Music
Get in the spirit of the season as local high school and professional ensembles provide pre-show music on select dates in December!
Resource Guide for Educators: Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin Biography
Resource Guide for Educators: The Historical Contributions of Berlin's Music
An exploration of the historical contribution behind Irving Berlin's music.
Resource Guide for Educators: The Magic behind "White Christmas"
A study into the making of a world wide sensation
Resource Guide for Educators: The World of the Play
An exploration of Irving Berlin's world within the Play.
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