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 4–30, 2017

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission

Internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder wowed Berkeley Rep audiences 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 uplifting immigrant story epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture Berlin’s own moving, patriotic vision of this country. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring work, 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.

Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. This show has none. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.

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Premium: $45–97 · Section A: $40–81 · Section B: $35–65

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Creative team

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.

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

San Francisco Chronicle

That indefatigable purveyor of composers, Hershey Felder, applies his singular blend of musical biography, character study and piano virtuosity toward the iconic songwriter. The empathy, showmanship and craft on tap may just be the best match of historical figure and performing artist yet.”

Los Angeles Times

[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

Felder is the impresario whose relationship with audiences is long-standing, intimate and mutually adoring.”

Chicago Tribune