Hershey Felder presents his acclaimed solo show that celebrates the life and career of the great American songwriter Irving Berlin, featuring some of the composer's most popular and enduring songs.
From the producers: "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting Berlin's remarkable journey from child immigrant to America's most beloved and prolific songwriter, and featuring the some of the composer's most popular and enduring songs including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "White Christmas."
Since its premiere, "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" has played 15 record-breaking engagements at some of the country's leading theatres, including The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, where it was called "richly entertaining and touching" by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago's Royal George Theatre, where the Chicago Tribune said it delivers "a great deal of pleasure to the good people of Chicagoland," and the Majestic Theatre in Boston, where the Boston Globe hailed it as "a warm portrait of an unassuming genius." Prior to New York, the production played an engagement at the Cleveland Playhouse. Here's a trailer from the Cleveland run:
Hershey Felder created (as playwright, actor, and pianist) the role of American composer George Gershwin for the theatrical stage in the play "George Gershwin Alone," which was followed by the creation of the roles of Fryderyk Chopin, the Polish composer-pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven and Gerhard von Breuning in "Beethoven," Leonard Bernstein in "Maestro Bernstein" Franz Liszt in "Musik," and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in "Our Great Tchaikovsky." American Theatre magazine referred to Felder as a "one-man cottage industry" for whom quality is paramount in that he feels a responsibility to his audience.