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Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!

92nd Street Y's 48th season of Lyrics & Lyricists continued this weekend 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 was 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..."

Irving Berlin: AMERICAN

Noah Racey, Artistic Director, Choreographer,

Co-Writer

Aaron Gandy, Music Supervisor, Arranger

Dan Garmon, Music Director, Arranger

Ross Patterson, Arranger

Cheryl L. Davis, Co-Writer

Sara Brians, Associate Choreographer

Ted Chapin, Producer

Photos by Stephen Sorokoff.

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Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Danny Gardner, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen DeRosa, Emily Hsu,Richard Riaz Yoder

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Holly Butler, Danny Gardner, Emily Hsu, Richard Riaz Yoder

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Holly Butler, Danny Gardner, Emily Hsu, Richard Riaz Yoder

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Stephen DeRosa & Jada Temple

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Emily Hsu

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Emily Hsu

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Holly Butler

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Richard Riaz Yoder

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Danny Gardner, Holly Butler, Stephen DeRosa, Emily Hsu, Richard Riaz Yoder

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Danny Gardner, Holly Butler, Stephen DeRosa

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Bryonha Marie

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Danny Gardner

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Richard Riaz Yoder, Emily Hsu, Danny Gardner

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!
Richard Riaz Yoder, Emily Hsu, Danny Gardner

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!

Photos: 92nd Street Y Celebrates Irving Berlin!


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