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George Gershwin

 
Date Of Death:
July 11, 1937 (???)
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY
Bio:
George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn on September 26, 1898, and began his musical training when he was 13. At 16 he quit high school to work as a "song plugger" for a music publisher, and soon he was writing songs himself. "Swanee," as introduced by Al Jolson, brought George his first real fame and ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: September 26, 1898
Date of Death: July 11, 1937 (38)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY

Bio:
George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn on September 26, 1898, and began his musical training when he was 13. At 16 he quit high school to work as a "song plugger" for a music publisher, and soon he was writing songs himself. "Swanee," as introduced by Al Jolson, brought George his first real fame and ... (read complete bio)

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George Gershwin Biography

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn on September 26, 1898, and began his musical training when he was 13. At 16 he quit high school to work as a "song plugger" for a music publisher, and soon he was writing songs himself. "Swanee," as introduced by Al Jolson, brought George his first real fame and led to his writing a succession of 22 musical comedies, most with his older brother, Ira. The Gershwins' shows include Lady Be Good, Oh, Kay!, Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Of Thee I Sing. From his early career George had ambitions to compose serious music, and his classical masterpieces include "Rhapsody In Blue," "Concerto In F," "An American In Paris" and "Second Rhapsody." In the late '20s George became fascinated by the DuBose Heyward novel Porgy, recognizing it as a perfect vehicle for opera using jazz and blues idioms. The folk opera Porgy and Bess had its Broadway premiere in October of 1935. In 1937 George was at the height of his career. While working on the score of The Goldwyn Follies in Hollywood, he collapsed, and on July 11, died of a brain tumor. He was not quite 39 years old.

George Gershwin Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2007 - Best New Musical
George GershwinThe Gershwins' Porgy And Bess
 
Olivier Awards - 1993 - The American Express Award for Best New Musical Gold Star
George Gershwin, Crazy For You

George Gershwin News

Liam Forde to Celebrate Debut Album GREAT TO BE HERE at Birdland Photo Liam Forde to Celebrate Debut Album GREAT TO BE HERE at Birdland
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022

BIRDLAND THEATER¬†will present pop/jazz vocalist and songwriter¬†Liam Forde¬†‚Äď celebrating the release of his first album¬†Great to Be Here¬†‚Äď on¬†Monday, June 13¬†at¬†8:30 PM.

SPECIAL OFFER! Tony and Emmy Winner Lillias White Pays Tribute to Sarah Vaughan Photo SPECIAL OFFER! Tony and Emmy Winner Lillias White Pays Tribute to Sarah Vaughan
by - May 16, 2022

Special Offer - SPECIAL OFFER! Tony¬ģ and Emmy winner Lillias White pays tribute to Sarah Vaughan

Jason Robert Brown Plays FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW Photo Jason Robert Brown Plays FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 15, 2022

Even though they are not related, there must be a common music DNA molecule that exists in George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Billy Joel, that was also passed on to Jason Robert Brown. His performance last night at Feinstein’s/54 Below encompassed some of the creative talents of all of those musical giants. Jason Robert Brown, the composer, the arranger,  the lyricist, the pianist, and the singer, was on the stage of Feinstein’s/54 Below with nine (yes, nine) great musicians, plus vocalists Anastasia Talley and Cheeyang Ng. 

Linda Kahn Performs Her Solo Show, SAY YES! at The Laurie Beechman Theatre This Month Photo Linda Kahn Performs Her Solo Show, SAY YES! at The Laurie Beechman Theatre This Month
by Stephi Wild - May 13, 2022

Vocalist Linda Kahn returns with her solo cabaret debut show, Say Yes! on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She will be accompanied by Music Director Christopher Denny on piano and Jay Leonhart on bass. Jeff Harnar directs.

OUTDOORS @ THE SHAW to Return This Summer Photo OUTDOORS @ THE SHAW to Return This Summer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2022

The Shaw Festival will once again go al fresco with a series of specially produced performances, concert series and curated experiences throughout the summer and fall. Popular Outdoors @ The Shaw events return with new enchanting and imaginative encounters at various locations in and around the Festival grounds and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Lillias White Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below With A Tribute To Sarah Vaughan Photo Lillias White Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below With A Tribute To Sarah Vaughan
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, welcomes Tony Award winner Lillias White this May in her show Divine Sass, A tribute to the Divine One ‚Äď Sarah Vaughan. Lillias White is internationally recognized for her work on both the stage and screen, with credits including The Life, Chicago, Fela!, Dreamgirls, Once on This Island, and many more.

Broadway's Craig Lucas & Pulitzer Prize Winner Beth Henley In Discussion At Black Box Photo Broadway's Craig Lucas & Pulitzer Prize Winner Beth Henley In Discussion At Black Box PAC
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

Black Box PAC's 2022 Save Our Stages season continues with the world premiere production of Exposed by Beth Henley. The show runs at The Black Box Performing Arts Center - 49 East Palisade Avenue in Englewood, NJ - now through Saturday May 28. On Sunday May 22,

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Announces 2022 Award Winner And Grant Recipients Photo Richard Tucker Music Foundation Announces 2022 Award Winner And Grant Recipients
by A.A. Cristi - May 6, 2022

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation today announces the 2022 recipients of its prestigious Richard Tucker Award, Richard Tucker Career Grant, and Sara Tucker Study Grant.

FUNNY GIRL's John Manzari is Coming to Birdland Photo FUNNY GIRL's John Manzari is Coming to Birdland
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

BIRDLAND THEATER¬†will present¬†John Manzari¬†‚Ästthe acclaimed dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer currently appearing on Broadway in¬†Funny Girl¬†‚Ästin a special event on¬†Monday, May 23¬†at¬†8:30 PM.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO, HARMONY & More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards Photo KIMBERLY AKIMBO, HARMONY & More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 5, 2022

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season. 

George Gershwin Videos

Photo/Video: First Look at Sean Hayes, Ben Rappaport & More in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR VideoPhoto/Video: First Look at Sean Hayes, Ben Rappaport & More in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 17, 2022

Over the course of a four-hour release from a mental ward, and in front of thousands on live TV, the irrepressible and witty Oscar Levant, played by Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor Sean Hayes, lays bare the necessity of insanity in the making of brilliant work and the cost he is willing to pay to entertain the masses.

VIDEO: Works & Process Bubble Performance: Rhapsody In Blue For New York VideoVIDEO: Works & Process Bubble Performance: Rhapsody In Blue For New York
by Stage Tube - Jul 13, 2021

To support the spirit of the city at a time of struggle, choreographer Caleb Teicher assembled an ensemble of dancers including LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook, Abdiel Jacobsen, Jennifer Jones, and Macy Sullivan with acclaimed pianist and composer Conrad Tao playing live to create a new work that captures New York City in all its beauty and peril.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Barrington Stage's WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Barrington Stage's WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?
by Alan Henry - Jun 11, 2021

Get an inside look at rehearsals for Barrington Stage's WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE, which has begun performances.

VIDEO: Watch The Tent Go Up At Barrington Stage VideoVIDEO: Watch The Tent Go Up At Barrington Stage
by Alan Henry - May 28, 2021

Watch as the tent goes up in time for @BarringtonStage's indoor/outdoor season!

VIDEO: Barrington Stage's WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? and CHESTER BAILEY Begin R VideoVIDEO: Barrington Stage's WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? and CHESTER BAILEY Begin Rehearsals
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2021

Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage, has provided an update on the upcoming season. She announced in a new video that two upcoming productions have officially entered rehearsals, including Who Could Ask For Anything More? and Chester Bailey.

VIDEO: Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd Explains 'Why' George Gershwi VideoVIDEO: Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd Explains 'Why' George Gershwin
by Alan Henry - May 20, 2021

Artistic Director Julianne Boyd sits down to talk about the legacy of George Gershwin. Who Could Ask for Anything More? The Songs of George Gershwin runs June 10‚ÄďJuly 3 under a tent at the BSC Production Center.

Celebrating Black History Month: SHUFFLE ALONG Shuffles to Broadway in 2016 VideoCelebrating Black History Month: SHUFFLE ALONG Shuffles to Broadway in 2016
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 27, 2021

Based on the original book of the 1921 musical revue Shuffle Along, the story focuses on the challenges of mounting the original production of Shuffle Along and its effect on Broadway and race relations.

VIDEO: Lana Del Rey Covers 'Summertime' by George Gershwin VideoVIDEO: Lana Del Rey Covers 'Summertime' by George Gershwin
by Stage Tube - Nov 20, 2020

Lana Del Rey has released a new video performing Summertime by George Gershwin.

VIDEO: On This Day, September 15 - Henry Miller's Theater Renamed For Stephen Sondhei VideoVIDEO: On This Day, September 15 - Henry Miller's Theater Renamed For Stephen Sondheim
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2019

The renaming of the theatre was dedicated to Stephen Sondheim, the greatest and best known artist in American musical theatre on his 80th birthday. 

BWW TV: Watch Laura Osnes Preview an Evening of Gershwin at Feinstein's/54 Below! VideoBWW TV: Watch Laura Osnes Preview an Evening of Gershwin at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 22, 2019

Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck return to Feinstein's/54 Below (now through June 24) after their sold-out debut duo act last October. Dazzling audiences with their undeniable chemistry in Manhattan Concert Productions' Crazy For You and The Scarlet Pimpernel, this duo could not wait to join forces again to create this intimate evening of song (and dance), featuring their mutual love of the music of George Gershwin, with additional highlights from their impressive respective careers.


George Gershwin Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has George Gershwin written?
George Gershwin has written 48 shows including Half-Past Eight (Composer), La, La, Lucille (Composer), La-La-Lucille! (Composer), Morris Gest's "Midnight Whirl" (Composer), George White's Scandals [1920] (Composer), Snapshots of 1921 (Composer), The Broadway Whirl (Composer), George White's Scandals [1921] (Composer), The French Doll (Composer), George White's Scandals [1922] (Composer), Our Nell (Composer), George White's Scandals [1923] (Composer), Sweet Little Devil (Composer), George White's Scandals [1924] (Composer), Primrose (Composer), Lady, Be Good (Composer), Tell Me More! (Composer), Tip-Toes (Composer), Song of the Flame (Composer), Oh, Kay! (Composer), Strike Up the Band (Composer), Funny Face (Composer), Rosalie (Composer), Treasure Girl (Composer), Show Girl (Composer), Girl Crazy (Composer), Of Thee I Sing (Composer), Pardon My English (Composer), Let 'Em Eat Cake (Composer), Porgy and Bess (Composer), All Points West (Composer), Who Cares? (Composer), Do It Again! (Composer), Mr. Words (Composer), My One and Only (Composer), Gertrude Stein and a Companion (Additional Music), Reaching for the Moon (Composer), Crazy for You (Composer), The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (Composer/Lyricist), Jolson & Co. (Composer/Lyricist), American Rhapsody: A New Musical Revue (Composer), George Gershwin Alone (Composer/Lyricist), Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Composer), Stairway to Paradise (Sketches/Composer/Lyricist), The Gershwins' An American In Paris (Composer), Come Fly Away (Composer), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Composer), A Night With Janis Joplin (Composer).

What awards has George Gershwin been nominated for?
Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess and The American Express Award for Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for Crazy For You .

What awards has George Gershwin won?
The American Express Award for Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for Crazy For You.