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92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists Continues with IRVING BERLIN: AMERICAN

92nd Street Y's 48th season of Lyrics & Lyricists continues with an essential American story, Irving Berlin: American, celebrating Berlin's extraordinary life and work. On the occasion of the centenary of the writing of "God Bless America" - our nation's "other anthem," - artistic director, co-writer and choreographer, Noah Racey (Lyrics & Lyricists veteran, Thoroughly Modern Millie), and co-writer Cheryl L. Davis (Barnstormer, Maid's Door, Bridges) explore how the five-year-old Russian immigrant who arrived at Ellis Island speaking no English came to create songs that epitomize American music, and how he became the spokesman in song for the country that allowed him to flourish. The cast is stacked with actor/dancer/singer triple threats: Stephen DeRosa (A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum), Holly Butler (On the Town), Danny Gardner ( Dames at Sea, Crazy for You), Emily Hsu (The Unsinkable Molly Brown), Richard Riaz Yoder (Hello, Dolly!) and Pace University theater student Jada Temple.

"There is no clearer depiction of the American Dream than the life of Irving Berlin," comments Noah Racey. "This show explores America and what it means through his lyrics and his life."

Berlin's journey is the quintessential immigrant's journey from rags to riches, from Russia to the Lower East Side to Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. He wrote in the voice of everyman - or every American - with a simple, elegant grace, tremendous wit and an extraordinary natural melodic gift. His huge body of work ranges from "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "I Love a Piano" and "Always to Cheek to Cheek," "White Christmas," "God Bless America," and so much more. As Berlin himself wrote, "Come on and hear..."

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Learn more before the show at this class from 92Y's School of Music

Irving Berlin, America's Songwriter

Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

Composer George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived," and according to composer Jerome Kern, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music - he is American music."

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