Ira Gershwin News

Date of Birth: December 06, 1896
Date of Death: August 17, 1983 (86)
Birth Place: New York, NY
Gender: Male
BEAUTIFUL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS & More Set for Kravis Center's 2016-17 Broadway SeasonBEAUTIFUL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS & More Set for Kravis Center's 2016-17 Broadway Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the ninth annual series of Kravis On Broadway, which will present a record number of seven smash hits from the Great White Way, including several multiple Tony Award® winners. (more...)

Magnifique! AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Will Launch National Tour from Boston in OctoberMagnifique! AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Will Launch National Tour from Boston in October
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most-awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will open its national tour with a two-week engagement at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston, October 25-November 6, 2016. Press night is set for Thursday, October 27. (more...)

AUDIO: Listen to Christine Ebersole, Ruthie Henshall, and More on ENCORES! Cast Recording of ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1936AUDIO: Listen to Christine Ebersole, Ruthie Henshall, and More on ENCORES! Cast Recording of ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1936
by Stage Tube - Jan 31, 2016

To celebrate ZF36's eightieth anniversary, New York City Center has just released five songs from the out-of-print Encores! cast recording. Take a listen to all of them below! (more...)

Hershey Felder to Host Great American Songbook Sing-Along at TheatreWorks, 2/15Hershey Felder to Host Great American Songbook Sing-Along at TheatreWorks, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announces a special one-night-only presentation of Hershey Felder's Great American Songbook Sing-Along. Known for his musical character creations Hershey Felder will lead audiences through 100 years of American music from George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, through Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and many more. Hershey Felder's Great American Songbook Sing-along will be performed at 7pm, Monday, February 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View For tickets ($50) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

Photo Flash: BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening Night at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Flash: BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

On January 21, guests gathered at Drury Lane Theatre for the Opening Night of their newest production, Bye Bye Birdie, directed and choreographed by Tammy Mader. With a cast led by Michelle Aravena as Rosie, Matt Crowle as Conrad's agent, Albert, and Jason Michael Evans as Conrad Birdie, audiences were treated to a throwback of the classic 1950's musical, brought to life again by this energetic and lively ensemble of 31. Check out photos from opening night, below! (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala to Honor E. Faye ButlerPorchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala to Honor E. Faye Butler
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2016 ICONS Gala celebrating the legendary woman whose name is synonymous with Broadway, Ethel Merman, Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave. The Gala includes performances from Chicago's leading talents celebrating the rich career of Merman, the presentation of the 2016 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to E. Faye Butler and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auction benefit Porchlight's educational programs and productions. Tickets are on sale now and require advance purchase, $125 before April 15, $150 after April 15, $50 for children ages 18 years old and younger are available at 773.777.9884 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches Digital Lottery TomorrowAN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches Digital Lottery Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The hit new Broadway musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will launch a digital lottery beginning Tuesday, January 26. A limited number of tickets will be available through the lottery which will open at 8:00am for matinees / 10:00am for evening performances and will remain open until 11am / 3pm when winners are drawn. (more...)

FUN HOME, AMERICAN IN PARIS, and More Lead Theatre Under The Stars' 2016-17 Season- Full List AnnouncedFUN HOME, AMERICAN IN PARIS, and More Lead Theatre Under The Stars' 2016-17 Season- Full List Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is pleased to announce an exciting upcoming 2016/17 mainstage season, presented in Sarofim Hall at downtown's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. TUTS continues a long tradition of bringing the best of musical theatre to the Houston stage, with touring productions of the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, FUN HOME, and the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Choreography, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, along with a collection of classic favorites. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/22/16- PORGY AND BESSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/22/16- PORGY AND BESS
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2016

Today in 1942, the first revival of Porgy and Bess opened at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 286 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...)

Photo Flash: Musical Theater Boy Band Collabro Attends AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on BroadwayPhoto Flash: Musical Theater Boy Band Collabro Attends AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Members of COLLABRO, a musical theater boy band and the 2014 winners of Britain's Got Talent came to see AN AMERICAN IN PARIS last night. Check out photos from their backstage visit below! (more...)

Cyndi Lauper & More Featured on Willie Nelson's Gershwin Tribute Album; Out 2/26Cyndi Lauper & More Featured on Willie Nelson's Gershwin Tribute Album; Out 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Legacy Recordings today announced forthcoming release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin on Friday, February 26, 2016. (more...)

The Puppini Sisters Set for Bay Area Cabaret, 4/17The Puppini Sisters Set for Bay Area Cabaret, 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

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Photo Coverage: Original AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Star Leslie Caron Takes a Broadway Bow!Photo Coverage: Original AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Star Leslie Caron Takes a Broadway Bow!
by Heidi Bohnenkamp - Jan 13, 2016

Leslie Caron, star of the Academy Award-winning film AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, was in attendance last night at the Tony Award-winning stage production for the first time.  She took a bow with the cast following the performance and BroadwayWorld was there for her big moment. Check out photos below! (more...)

Jazz Singer Stacey Kent Releases New Album 'Tenderly'Jazz Singer Stacey Kent Releases New Album 'Tenderly'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

'Life is the art of the encounter, though there are many failed encounters in life.' Seldom has the Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes's philosophy been more fully realized than in this meeting of Roberto Menescal and Stacey Kent. (more...)

Winter Park Playhouse to Salute Tony Bennett in 'I LEFT MY HEART' This WinterWinter Park Playhouse to Salute Tony Bennett in 'I LEFT MY HEART' This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

The Winter Park Playhouse kicks off the new year with a Central Florida Premiere - I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT. The production runs January 22 - February 27, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stage & Screen Vet JK Simmons Visits Broadway's AN AMERICAN IN PARISPhoto Flash: Stage & Screen Vet JK Simmons Visits Broadway's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is now playing at the Palace Theatre (Broadway at 47th Street). The production opened on April 12, 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. Stage and screen vet JK Simmons attended the musical Wednesday night. Scroll down for photos of him with the cast! (more...)

California Musical Theatre Announces Music Circus Lineup - HELLO, DOLLY!, NICE WORK, CABARET and More!California Musical Theatre Announces Music Circus Lineup - HELLO, DOLLY!, NICE WORK, CABARET and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

California Musical Theatre and BroadwayWorld bring you the 2016 lineup for Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 66th season for the venerable institution. The season includes four shows that have never been produced at Music Circus: The smash hit musical comedy Legally Blonde, based on the hilarious film starring Reese Witherspoon; the family favorite Seussical, a journey through the witty and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss; Nice Work If You Can Get It, the song-and-dance spectacular filled with the music of George and Ira Gershwin; and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a brand new musical exploring the dark themes of the epic novel while featuring the beautiful music of the animated Disney film. The 2016 Music Circus season will also feature two shows that are all-time patron favorites, the irresistible musical theatre gem Hello, Dolly! and the Tony-winning Kander and Ebb classic Cabaret. (more...)

'NEVERLAND,' CABARET & More Set for Broadway in Atlanta's 2016-17 Season'NEVERLAND,' CABARET & More Set for Broadway in Atlanta's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a show-stopping flight of theatrical delight! Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced today the first-class series of Broadway hits for its 2016/2017 season at the Fox Theatre. Next season's lineup will feature Atlanta debuts of THE ILLUSIONISTS; Time Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL; Roundabout Theatre Company's CABARET; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS; A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL; THE BODYGUARD; and FINDING NEVERLAND, as well as returning audience favorites available as season options: the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, RIVERDANCE, THE LITTLE MERMAID and MAMMA MIA!, now in its final Broadway Tour. (more...)

Broadway Palm Concert Series to Kick Off with RHAPSODY & RHYTHM - THE GERSHWIN CONCERT EXPERIENCE!Broadway Palm Concert Series to Kick Off with RHAPSODY & RHYTHM - THE GERSHWIN CONCERT EXPERIENCE!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Broadway Palm's 2016 Concert Series will begin with Rhapsody & Rhythm - The Gershwin Concert Experience. Hitting the stage for three performances only on January 31 and February 1, 2016, this musical celebration of one of the greatest songwriting teams in history is a one of a kind and entertaining concert that is not to be missed. (more...)

Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2016 ProgramSpoleto Festival USA Announces 2016 Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2016

Festival General Director Nigel Redden announces the program for the 40th annual Spoleto Festival USA, taking place May 27 through June 12, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. (more...)

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