Ira Gershwin News

Also Credited As:
  • Arthur Francis

  • Date Of Birth:
    December 06, 1896
    Date Of Death:
    August 17, 1983 (86)
    Birth Place:
    New York, NY
    Gender:
    Male
    'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 17th, 2014
    by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 17, 2014

    The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. '50 Shades' joins the fall-winter lineup at the Broadway Playhouse, 'Stomp' and 'Rain' join BIC, Halloween musicals begin, two sketch musicals at pH, the Muellers and Mason headline FWD's gala, Weill and Porter shows prepare to open, and Barbra goes for six straight decades! (more...)

    BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Leaves DFW in Stitches
    by Sara Brown - Sep 17, 2014

    NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT makes its mark at Bass Hall from now until the 21st. (more...)

    STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/13- PORGY AND BESS
    by Stage Tube - Sep 13, 2014

    Today in 1943, Porgy and Bess opened at the 44th Street Theatre, where it ran for 24 performances. First performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, it was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-American life in the fictitious Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s. Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an 'American folk opera', Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers-a daring artistic choice at the time. (more...)

    First National Tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Coming to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 10/14-19
    by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

    The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that it will welcome the first national tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It to the St. Paul stage Oct. 14-19, 2014. Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office. (more...)

    Kate Baldwin, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Osnes & Steven Pasquale Set for Encores! Celebrates Rodgers, Hammerstein & Hart Gala, 10/27
    by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

    Encores! Celebrates Rodgers and Hammerstein and Hart, New York City Center's annual Gala on October 27, 2014, will feature the music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Lorenz Hart (more...)

    Photo Flash: First Look at Alex Enterline, Mariah MacFarlane & Company in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT National Tour!
    by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

    Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane star as wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter and feisty bootlegger Billie Bendix, respectively, in the national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. The tour launched September 2 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

    Season Passes On Sale for Dreamcatcher's 20th Anniversary Season
    by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

    Season passes are now available for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's twentieth anniversary season. Dreamcatcher, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, will offer both a full-season and mainstage-only pass that will allow patrons to attend performances at a greatly reduced rate. This professional company will bring three New Jersey premieres to the stage in addition to improvisational comedy, new play readings, a holiday variety show and many programs for seniors and students. As always, the Dreamcatcher Resident Acting Company and their guests will tell stories that reflect our shared experience of being human with heart and humor. (more...)

    Tony, Emmy Winner Leslie Uggams Brings 'Classic Uggams' to San Francisco 11/2
    by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

    Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting world-renowned artists who expand the definition of cabaret, continues its 11th season, with pioneering Tony and Emmy Award winning actress/singer Leslie Uggams in her first Bay Area appearance in more than two decades. Celebrating over 60 years in show business, Ms. Uggams has starred on television, films, and Broadway, and has recorded more than fifteen albums. Leslie Uggams will perform an evening of "Classic Uggams," a collection of songs ranging from Lena Horne to musical theatre, from Broadway classics to jazz and blues,5pm, Sunday, November 2 at the Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street atop Nob Hill, San Francisco. Tickets ($50 general/$45 subscribers) can be purchased by calling (415) 392-4400 or online at www.bayareacabaret.org. (more...)

    Ben Crawford, Christina Bianco and More to Join Baltimore Symphony for BROADWAY STANDING OVATIONS Next Month
    by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

    Jack Everly will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in its first SuperPops concert of the 2014-2015 season on Thursday, October 9 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, and Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. (more...)

    NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT National Tour Launches Today in Dallas
    by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

    Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane star as wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter and feisty bootlegger Billie Bendix, respectively, in the national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. The tour launches today, September 2, at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. (more...)

    Craig Jessup Sings THE GLORY OF LOVE, 9/19
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2014

    Acclaimed Bay Area crooner Craig Jessup returns to the concert stage with another collection of classics from the Great American Songbook on September 19 at 8pm at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley). (more...)

    THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lauren Bacall Fetes Bernstein Via Sondheim
    by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 28, 2014

    Today we celebrate an unforgettable entertainment moment enacted by the stage and screen star we lost last week at age 89, Lauren Bacall. (more...)

    Ramsey Lewis, Neil Berg's 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY, Lydia Johnson Dance and More Set for SOPAC's 2014-15 Lineup
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

    South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has announced its 2014-15 performance schedule through February 2015. (more...)

    Stew, Nancy Giles, Ted Keegan & More Set for SUPPER AT THE SALON at Dixon Place, 9/15
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

    Dixon Place, Ellie Covan, founder and artistic director, proudly announces SUPPER AT THE SALON, a special evening of dinner and entertainment which will take place on the mainstage theater at Dixon Place on Monday, September 15th, with cocktails beginning in the lounge at 6:30 PM. The evening will include performances by Stew (Passing Strange), Nancy Giles ('CBS Sunday Morning'), Broadway's Ted Keegan (Phantom of the Opera, Cyrano, Camelot), award-winning aerial troupe LAVA, and more to be announced, and will be hosted by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus founder, Keith Nelson. Also that evening, four honorees will receive the iconic Dixon Place mini chair award for their contributions to the arts and support of Dixon Place: award winning actor-writer Peggy Shaw; The Jerome Foundation, celebrating its 50th Anniversary; Dixon Place Board member Eric Jensen, and theater supporter Yoshiko Kakuga. (more...)

    BWW Previews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Comes to DFW
    by Sara Brown - Aug 26, 2014

    NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT comes to Dallas Summer Musicals and Bass Hall in September. (more...)

    ...MISKIEN Returns to Cape Town 2-27 September
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2014

    Three continents, multiple awards and an avalanche of international acclaim later, ...MISKIEN is back in Cape Town 2-27 September. (more...)

    NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT to Launch National Tour in North Texas Next Month
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

    NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, the award-winning musical comedy that played Broadway from 2012-2013, will launch its national tour in North Texas next month. The tour kicks off at the Music Hall at Fair Park September 2-14, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Then the tour rolls into Fort Worth, where it'll play at Bass Performance Hall September 16-21, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. (more...)

    Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane Set to Lead NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Tour; Full Cast Announced
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

    Casting and dates have been announced for the upcoming national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane will star as wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter and feisty bootlegger Billie Bendix, respectively. The tour will launch September 2 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. (more...)

    A KURT WEILL CABARET Begins 9/19 at No Exit Cafe
    by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

    Theo Ubique artistic director Fred Anzevino and musical director Jeremy Ramey, who teamed up for the company's Jeff-award Best Musical winner The Light in the Piazza as well as Aspects of Love and Master Class, are collaborating on this collection of songs by the German born classical composer-turned-Broadway-songsmith Kurt Weill. Ramey is providing exciting new arrangements as well as musical direction. Christie Kerr is also on the team as choreographer for the cabaret to be performed at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, from September 19 to October 19, 2014. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: Tap Your Troubles Away with Ginger at Winter Park Playhouse
    by Justin J Sacramone - Aug 18, 2014

    'Backwards in High Heels,' now playing through August 23rd at The Winter Park Playhouse, is as entertaining as it is educational. The story is an account of the transformation of a young girl, Virginia Katherine McMath, into one of the country's best-known dancing idols; you may know her by her pseudonym Ginger Rogers, the bright-eyed teenager with dreams of dancing her way through Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond. (more...)

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