On Christmas Day, 1941, just 18 days following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bing Crosby announced that he would be debuting a new song on The Kraft Music Hall radio show he hosted for a decade. That day, Crosby went on to croon “White Christmas” live on the air.
“Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood,” a York Theatre production, may be playing in Manhattan. But it’s well worth the trip to see this vibrant musical, with six outstanding singer-dancers and a hot-shot orchestra that pumps up the audience along with the cast. It’s also a world-premiere show.
Based on the second of four lectures by historian Charles Troy under the aegis of The York Theatre Company. “Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music.” Jerome Kern. When we left Irving Berlin at the end of Charles Troy’s first lecture, he and Catholic...
A dazzling world premiere of ‘Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood’ at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company
Following the pandemic shutdown in March 2020, and a flood that forced them from their 30-year home at St. Peter’s Theater in January, the York Theatre Company has returned with their first live in-person mainstage production, Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, playing a limited engagement in their temporary space at The Theatre at St. Jean’s. It’s a highly entertaining world-premiere tribute to the legendary composer and lyricist that dazzles with top-notch song and dance performances by a talented cast of six.
Based on the first of four lectures by historian Charles Troy under the aegis of The York Theater. “Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music.” Jerome Kern. Israel Beilin (1888-1989) was born in a small shetetl on the edge of Siberia, the youngest of...
Based on the 1942 award-winning movie, “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical” is a fresh take on an old classic. When singer-songwriter Jim Hardy tires of showbiz, he shocks his best friend Ted and fiancée Lila by leaving the bright lights of Broadway behind for a calm life in a farmhouse in Connecticut. At first, he greets his new life with enthusiasm, but just as he starts to think farm life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, he meets Linda Mason, a spunky schoolteacher harboring immense talent and big dreams. Together, they bring life back to the Mason farm by transforming it into the Holiday Inn, a lively venue for festive performances celebrating the red-letter days on the calendar. However, when Ted shows up ready to spirit Linda away to Hollywood, will Jim lose his best shot at happiness?
Produced by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, The 32nd Annual New York Cabaret Convention packed Rose Hall Wednesday night with savvy fans starved for live music and the sight of those artists they admire. With Artistic Director KT Sullivan regrettably absent due to her husband’s illness, the evening was hosted by vocalist Jeff Harnar with vivacity, sincerity and style. All three hours ran smoothly. The show’s expert ‘house’ band consisted of Jon Weber, Steve Doyle, and Ray Marchica. Managing Director Rick Meadows welcomed us with thanks for supporting the Foundation even when so many of its kind and small businesses are suffering. Several members of Irving Berlin’s family were in the audience.
In the 1930s, when the Great Depression hit, there was a mass exodus of songwriters who moved from Broadway out to Hollywood, adding their songs to the new art form, the film musical. And one of the first to make a name for himself on the Silver Screen was songwriter Irving Berlin. Berlin’s film songs make up a large portion of what we think of as the Great American Songbook, including songs like “Cheek To Cheek,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz” and “Let’s Face The Music And Dance.” This episode, we’ll explore the songwriter’s work in cinema, as performed by jazz and pop singers like Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and more.
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