MXO ‘The Arts Unplugged’: Hershey Felder As Irvin Berlin!

Cleveland Play House

Posted June 11th 2018


In a virtuoso performance, award-winning showman and Cleveland favorite Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro: Leonard Bernstein) brings to life the remarkable story of America’s Composer, Irving Berlin. From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York’s Lower East Side, and ultimately all over the country and the world, Irving Berlin’s story epitomizes the American Dream. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs, from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” to “White Christmas,” and the score of “Annie Get Your Gun,” Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will make this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey in song. A special Great American Songbook Sing-Along performance is on Sunday, June 24 at 6:30pm.

Hershey Felder

Mr. Felder created and performed George Gershwin Alone, which played on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, in the West End at the Duchess Theatre and in theatres around the country. His Composers Sonata — George Gershwin Alone; Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven, As I Knew Him; Maestro Bernstein; Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik; Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin — has been presented at dozens of theatres across the U.S. and around the world. Mr. Felder’s compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thématiques for Piano; and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. As director, he premiered Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012 and Chris Lemmon in Jack Lemmon Returns in 2014. Mr. Felder has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada.

‘Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin’ plays now through June 24th in the Allen Theatre at Cleveland Play House.

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