Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin
Book by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay
Special Presentation · Peet’s Theatre
April 4–30, 2017
Internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder wowed Berkeley Rep audiences in recent seasons with his soaring portraits of composers like Bernstein, Chopin, and Gershwin. Now he’s back with the inspiring story of “America’s Composer” in a tour-de-force performance. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, Irving Berlin’s story epitomizes the American Dream. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs, including “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more, Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will make this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey.
We do not expect this show to include an intermission. We’ll update this information, and add running time, once we have confirmation.
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Hershey Felder’s shows include George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven, Maestro (Leonard Bernstein), Franz Liszt in Musik, and Lincoln: An American Story. Future productions include Tchaikovsky (January 2017 premiere at San Diego Repertory Theatre) and the new musical Chosen By God, for which he is writing music, book, and lyrics. Hershey is the adaptor, director, and designer for the very successful play with music The Pianist of Willesden Lane.
Trevor Hay directed the world premieres of An American Story for Actor and Orchestra, Abe Lincoln’s Piano, and Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik. He is associate director for Mona Golabek’s The Pianist of Willesden Lane and a former member of the historic Old Globe Theatre in San Diego where he worked on various aspects of production on more than 80 presentations.
Stay tuned for future casting and creative team announcements.