HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Begins Performances Next Week

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Begins Performances Next Week

General on sale begins Wednesday, May 30 at Noon for award-winning actor and piano virtuoso Hershey Felder in his wildly acclaimed one-man show, Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin at 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director). The production, featuring music and lyrics by the great American songwriter Irving Berlin, book by Hershey Felder and directed by longtime Felder collaborator Trevor Hay, will play from August 24 through October 28, 2018, with opening night scheduled for Wednesday, September 5. Felder returns to 59E59 Theaters, where he recently played a sold out engagement of MAESTRO (Leonard Bernstein) and adapted, directed and designed the sold out THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE.

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 will play an engagement from June 7-24 at the Cleveland Playhouse.

Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music-he is American music." George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived." Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from his inauspicious beginnings as a Russian Jewish immigrant of five, to his rise to become America's most beloved and prolific songwriter.

From Tin Pan Alley to Carnegie Hall, from The Great White Way to The Silver Screen and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation's capital, Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century. Berlin's catalogue includes over 1,500 songs, 18 Broadway shows, 16 feature films, 232 top-10 hits and 10 #1 hits. Berlin's songs have been performed by a diverse list of artists including: Fred Astaire, Aretha Franklin, Ethel Merman, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.

Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin features 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."

Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin features scenic design by Felder and Hay, lighting design by Richard Norwood, projection design by Christopher Ash and Lawrence Siefert and sound design/production management by Erik Carstensen. The show is produced by Eva Price, Samantha F. Voxakis and Karen Racanelli, in association with The Town Hall.

TICKET INFORMATION - Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin at 59E59 Theaters

Tickets $25-$70 (59E59 Members $25-$49) can be purchased online at www.59e59.org, by phone by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (12:00-8:00 PM daily), or in person at the 59E59 Theaters box office, from Noon-6:00 PM. Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin is featured as a part of the 59E59 Theaters subscription series. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.


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