Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

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–May 7, 2017

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission

The musical story of an immigrant boy who gave a country its voice.

From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, and then throughout the world, Irving Berlin’s life and music epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture his patriotic vision of our country. Experience the stories behind this songwriter’s most popular and enduring work, including “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more. Pianist and actor Hershey Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will astonish, move, and delight. “It will put a tear in your eye and a song in your heart,”—San Jose Mercury News.

Creative team

Hershey Felder · Playwright / Scenic Co-Design
Trevor Hay · Director / Scenic Co-Design
Richard Norwood · Lighting Design
Christopher Ash · Projection Co-Design
Lawrence Siefert · Projection Co-Design
Erik Carstensen · Sound Design / Production Manager / Co-Producer
Meghan Maiya · Dramaturge and Research


Hershey Felder

Buoyantly tuneful…Performed with Felder’s customary pianistic flair and pitch-perfect vocals.”

San Francisco Chronicle

[Felder’s] got a great story to tell…Will put a tear in your eye and a song in your heart at the same time.”

San Jose Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

The whole show is pure magic, deeply moving, flawlessly entertaining, and it had the whole theater in Berkeley singing “White Christmas.” And “God Bless America.””

Napa Valley Register

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“He’s just brilliant!”

Audiences sing the praises of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin.