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Ira Gershwin

Also Credited As: Arthur Francis
 
Date Of Birth:
December 06, 1896
Date Of Death:
August 17, 1983 (86)
Birth Place:
New York, NY
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Ira Gershwin, the first songwriter to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was born in New York City on December 6, 1896. In 1917 The Evening Sun published his first song ("You May Throw All The Rice You Desire But Please Friends, Throw No Shoes"). Four years later Ira enjoyed his first major stage ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: December 06, 1896
Date of Death: August 17, 1983 (86)

Birth Place: New York, NY

Bio:
Ira Gershwin, the first songwriter to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was born in New York City on December 6, 1896. In 1917 The Evening Sun published his first song ("You May Throw All The Rice You Desire But Please Friends, Throw No Shoes"). Four years later Ira enjoyed his first major stage ... (read complete bio)

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Ira Gershwin Biography

Ira Gershwin, the first songwriter to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was born in New York City on December 6, 1896. In 1917 The Evening Sun published his first song ("You May Throw All The Rice You Desire But Please Friends, Throw No Shoes"). Four years later Ira enjoyed his first major stage success, Two Little Girls in Blue, written with another Broadway newcomer, Vincent Youmans. In 1924 Ira and his brother, George, created the smash hit Lady Be Good and went on to continue their remarkable collaboration through a dozen major stage scores, producing such standards as "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love," "S' Wonderful," "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "But Not For Me" and others far too numerous to mention. During his long career, Ira also enjoyed productive collaborations with such songwriters as Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Kurt Weill, Burton Lane and Jerome Kern, with whom he created his greatest song hit of any one year, "Long Ago And Far Away." Ira Gershwin died on August 17, 1983, in Beverly Hills, California.

Ira Gershwin Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 1993 - The American Express Award for Best New Musical Gold Star
Ira Gershwin, Crazy For You
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1932 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
Ira Gershwin, Of Thee I Sing

Ira Gershwin News

Birdland Will Present The Return Of Karen Akers This September Photo Birdland Will Present The Return Of Karen Akers This September
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 12, 2022

Returning to Birdland after the sold-out debut of this show in April, Akers once again takes a look back at some of the songs that first brought her attention in cabaret as well as on Broadway, television, and recordings: works by Craig Carnelia, Maury Yeston, Edith Piaf, and Stephen Sondheim, among other treasures.

Review: THE BLACK CAT CABARET PRESENTS HALCYON NIGHTS, Crazy Coqs Photo Review: THE BLACK CAT CABARET PRESENTS HALCYON NIGHTS, Crazy Coqs
by Franco Milazzo - Aug 12, 2022

Few people looking back at this season of scorching heatwaves, political upheaval and financial crisis would label it “halcyon” but, in a small room under Piccadilly Circus, an idyll of music and cabaret can be found thanks to this welcome slice of old school Hollywood pizzazz.

Review: HAMILTON at Kennedy Center Opera House Photo Review: HAMILTON at Kennedy Center Opera House
by Mary Lincer - Aug 8, 2022

What did our critic think of HAMILTON at Kennedy Center Opera House? Hamilton, the 11 Tony award-winning musical, has returned to the Kennedy Center Opera House through October 9. (The show declined to compete in DC's Helen Hayes awards when it toured here in The Before Times: summer 2018. Is there an award for being gracious? Why not?) Seeing it post-January 6, 2021 reminds an audience that the people who formed this country were able to disagree often and significantly while still managing to value American democracy above their personal agendas. And watching the three duels depicted in Hamilton reminds today's citizens, who live in a land with more guns than citizens, that the mistaken notion that guns are worthwhile is a centuries-old mistaken notion. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?

Broadway Streaming Guide: August 2022 - Where to Watch 13: THE MUSICAL & More New Rel Photo Broadway Streaming Guide: August 2022 - Where to Watch 13: THE MUSICAL & More New Releases!
by Michael Major - Aug 7, 2022

This August, Broadway fans will be kept busy with new movies, television shows, albums, and concerts to binge. From Netflix's new film adaptation of 13: the Musical to a new album from Funny Girl star Julie Benko, check out what's coming to streaming services this month!

PETER PAN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ROMEO AND JULIET & More to be Featured in BroadwayHD's Photo PETER PAN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ROMEO AND JULIET & More to be Featured in BroadwayHD's Back-to-School Collection
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2022

Whether a Broadway freshman or seasoned senior, BroadwayHD viewers can get schooled in theatre classics like The Sound of Music and Romeo and Juliet, to more advanced theatre titles like The Importance of Being Earnest to Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and graduate with honors.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, WAITING FOR GODOT & More Lead Boston's August Theater Top 10 Photo SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, WAITING FOR GODOT & More Lead Boston's August Theater Top 10
by BWW Staff - Aug 4, 2022

Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. August selections include Songs for a New World, Waiting for Godot, Pippin, and more!

The Manhattan Transfer Announces New Album & Farewell Tour Photo The Manhattan Transfer Announces New Album & Farewell Tour
by Michael Major - Aug 2, 2022

The 10-track set includes GRAMMY® Award winners Jorge Callandreli and Vince Mendoza, as well as vocal arrangers including Amanda Taylor of säje, to revisit their biggest hits from throughout the decades, including new arrangements of “Chanson D’Amour,” “Twilight Zone / Twilight Tone” and “The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul.” Plus, tour dates!

Previews: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Cape Playhouse Photo Previews: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Cape Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - Jul 31, 2022

Based on the book by Craig Lucas and inspired by the seven-time Academy Award-winning 1952 musical comedy film, An American in Paris brings the legendary music of George and Ira Gershwin to the stage from August 3rd -13th. Featuring such classics as “I Got Rhythm,” “S’Wonderful” and “Shall We Dance”, this marks the show’s debut performance on a Cape Cod theater’s stage. With a timeless story and unforgettable characters, audiences have something quite special to look forward to this August.

See Jason Robert Brown & Shoshana Bean, the Four Alternate Queens of SIX and More at  Photo See Jason Robert Brown & Shoshana Bean, the Four Alternate Queens of SIX and More at 54 Below in August
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 29, 2022

Next month, 54 BELOW will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. See Jason Robert Brown & Shoshana Bean, John Lloyd Young and more.

Joshua Harmon Announced as Honorary Festival Playwright of Samuel French's Off Off Br Photo Joshua Harmon Announced as Honorary Festival Playwright of Samuel French's Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 28, 2022

Samuel French’s Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival has announced that Joshua Harmon is this year’s honorary festival playwright. This year’s top 30 playwrights were chosen from over 650 submissions around the world. They will present their plays during a week-long festival August 16-20 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City.

Ira Gershwin Videos

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.

BWW SPECIAL: ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Talía del Val! VideoBWW SPECIAL: ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Talía del Val!
by Cristina Martinez - Nov 20, 2020

Con motivo de su cumpleaños y coincidiendo con el estreno de ¿QUIÉN MATÓ A SHERLOCK HOLMES? donde interpreta a Irene Adler, repasamos los mejores momentos de Talía del Val sobre los escenarios.

BWW TV Exclusive: The Great Facts of THE GREAT SOCIETY- David Garrison on Richard Nix VideoBWW TV Exclusive: The Great Facts of THE GREAT SOCIETY- David Garrison on Richard Nixon and George Wallace
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2019

BroadwayWorld is checking in with the cast to uncover some little known facts about the political giants they play onstage. Today, watch as David Garrison gives us a lesson on Richard Nixon and George Wallace.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 12- AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Travels To Broadway VideoVIDEO: On This Day, April 12- AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Travels To Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 12, 2019

On this day in 2015, the Broadway production of An American in Paris leapt into its opening night at the Palace Theater.

VIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Remembering Ethel Merman VideoVIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Remembering Ethel Merman
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 15, 2019

Ethel Merman was a Broadway institution known as the 'undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage.' After being discovered by Vinton Freedley as a singer at Brooklyn's Paramount movie theatre, she was signed to star in the Gershwin's new Broadway hit GIRL CRAZY where she stopped the show nightly with her performance of 'I Got Rhythm'.

VIDEO: Bay Area Musicals Presents CRAZY FOR YOU VideoVIDEO: Bay Area Musicals Presents CRAZY FOR YOU
by Stage Tube - Nov 19, 2018

Bay Area Musicals presents the musical CRAZY FOR YOU. Winner of the Tony and the Olivier Awards for Best Musical, CRAZY FOR YOU has wowed audiences on Broadway, the West End and around the world, reimagining classic Gershwin songs into a hilarious new book musical.  The show-stopping production will be an intimate version of the large-scale musical featuring the original Tony Award-winning choreography of Susan Stroman, recreated by Director/Choreographer Matthew McCoy.

BWW TV: BroadwayHD Releases AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Starring Robert Fairchild and Leanne VideoBWW TV: BroadwayHD Releases AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Starring Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 3, 2018

Arriving just in time for the 120th birthday of the legendary George Gershwin, las month, BroadwayHD debuted the dazzling hit musical An American in Paris, featuring a live captured performance from London's Dominion Theatre in 2018. The filmed performance headlines original Broadway stars Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin along with a company of 50 cast members including Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoe Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel.

Countdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Six- S'Wonderful at Bryant Park! VideoCountdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Six- S'Wonderful at Bryant Park!
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 18, 2018

As we await the musical's big screen release, we're counting down by flashing back through its journey so far. Today, watch as the show takes over Bryant Park in 2016!

Countdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Cinq- At the Tonys! VideoCountdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Cinq- At the Tonys!
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 17, 2018

As we await the musical's big screen release, we're counting down by flashing back through its journey so far. Today, watch as the company celebrates opening night on Broadway in April 2015.

Countdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Quatre- Opening Night! VideoCountdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Quatre- Opening Night!
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 16, 2018

As we await the musical's big screen release, we're counting down by flashing back through its journey so far. Today, watch as the company celebrates opening night on Broadway in April 2015.


Ira Gershwin Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Ira Gershwin written?
Ira Gershwin has written 48 shows including Two Little Girls in Blue (Lyricist), For Goodness Sake (Lyricist), George White's Scandals [1922] (Lyricist), Be Yourself (Lyricist), Primrose (Lyricist), Lady, Be Good (Lyricist), Tell Me More! (Lyricist), Tip-Toes (Lyricist), Oh, Kay! (Lyricist), Strike Up the Band (Lyricist), Funny Face (Lyricist), Rosalie (Lyricist), Treasure Girl (Lyricist), Show Girl (Lyricist), Girl Crazy (Lyricist), Sweet and Low (Lyricist), Shoot the Works! (Lyricist), Of Thee I Sing (Lyricist), Pardon My English (Lyricist), Let 'Em Eat Cake (Lyricist), Life Begins at 8:40 (Lyricist), Porgy and Bess (Lyricist), Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (Lyricist), All Points West (Lyricist), Lady in the Dark (Lyricist), The Firebrand of Florence (Lyricist), Park Avenue (Lyricist), Do It Again! (Lyricist), Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill (Lyricist), Mr. Words (Lyricist), A Kurt Weill Cabaret (Lyricist), My One and Only (Lyricist), Gertrude Stein and a Companion (Additional Music), Reaching for the Moon (Lyricist), Crazy for You (Lyricist), The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (Composer/Lyricist), George Gershwin Alone (Composer/Lyricist), Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Lyricist), Never Gonna Dance (Lyricist), Here Lies Jenny (Lyricist), Here Lies Jenny (Lyricist), LoveMusik (Lyricist), Stairway to Paradise (Sketches/Composer/Lyricist), The Gershwins' An American In Paris (Lyricist), Come Fly Away (Lyricist), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Lyricist), A Night With Janis Joplin (Lyricist), A Star is Born (Music & Lyrics).

What awards has Ira Gershwin been nominated for?
The American Express Award for Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for Crazy For You and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Of Thee I Sing .

What awards has Ira Gershwin won?
The American Express Award for Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for Crazy For Youand The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Of Thee I Sing.