Ira Gershwin

Also Credited As: Arthur Francis

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 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.

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George Gershwin's First Musical Rediscovered After Nearly A Century

George Gershwin's long-lost first musical has been unearthed by a Michigan researcher after almost a century.

Exclusive: Watch Montego Glover Sing Gershwin with the New York Pops

In this video, watch as Montego Glover joins the the New York Pops to perform music by the Gershwins.

MasterVoices Continues Season With the New York City Premiere of TO MY ARMS / RESTORE

MasterVoices continues its 2023-24 season on March 22-23 at NYU Skirball with the New York City Premiere of Varone’s To My Arms / Restore.

Review: The New York Pops Honored Gershwin with A CENTURY OF RHAPSODY IN BLUE at Carnegie

On Friday February 9, 2024, the New York Pops paid tribute to Gershwin’s music on the occasion of the near 100-year anniversary of “Rhapsody in Blue” (it officially hits 100 today, on February 12). Guest vocalist Montego Glover and the 78-piece New York Pops orchestra were a delight to watch.

Photos: Go Inside GERSHWIN: A CENTURY OF RHAPSODY IN BLUE with Montego Glover and The New York Pops

Check out photos from The New York Pops's celebration of the centennial of Gershwin’s masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue here!

Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Artistry

What did our critic think of CRAZY FOR YOU at Artistry?

Review: THE LINEUP Brings Variety and a Vivacious Volcanic Hostess at Birdland

'Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day' rhymed Ira Gershwin in 'The Man I Love.' Tuesdays bring multiple performers, Mosher & mayhem to Birdland, but that's not news. It's been a regular feature for a while now. A little bit of everything and a lot of zing from the hostess comes along on Tuesdays and Birdland.

Interview: Hershey Felder of HERSHEY FELDER AS GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE & HERSHEY FELDER'S GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK SING-ALONG at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

BroadwayWorld chats with virtuoso actor/pianist/filmmaker Hershey Felder about his return to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in his popular 'George Gershwin Alone' & 'Great American Songbook Sing-Along' shows February 7th thru 12th.

VIDEO: First Look At Hershey Felder in GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE At TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Get a first look at Hershey Felder as he illuminates the life and music of George Gershwin, the legendary tunesmith whose work shaped a distinctly American style of music with such iconic works such as “A Rhapsody in Blue,” “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” and many more.

CHAMPION, HIGHWAY PATROL & More Lead Chicago's February 2024 Top Picks

Chicago 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. February 2024's top picks include Lyric Opera's Champion, Cinderella, Goodman's Highway Patrol and more.

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING World Premiere & More Set for Ogunquit Playhouse 2024 Season

Ogunquit Playhouse has unveiled their 92nd season. See full programming, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Elton John and Bernie Taupin to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Elton John and Bernie Taupin, one of the great songwriting duos of all time, will be the 2024 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

World Premiere of Tina Howe's Final Play WHERE WOMEN GO to be Presented at at HERE Mainstage in February

The Tent Theater Company, in association with Concord Theatricals, will present the premiere production of Tina Howe’s final play, Where Women Go, running February 9-25 at HERE Mainstage.

MY FAVORITE THINGS Concert, Featuring Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden, Aaron Tveit, and More, Will Come to Cinemas This February

CinemaLive has announced a new season of musical events to play in 475 cinemas across the UK and Ireland in 2024, including My Favorite Things, starring Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden, Aaron Tveit, and more. Check out the full slate here!

Concord Theatricals Launches A CHORUS LINE Licensing Competition For Schools In Under-Resourced Communities

Concord Theatricals is launching A CHORUS LINE Licensing Competition for schools in under-resourced communities nationwide.

GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE Comes to South Coast Repertory This Month

South Coast Repertory presents pianist/actor/playwright/producer Hershey Felder for a limited engagement of Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, Jan. 18-28 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

Melissa Errico Will Release New Solo Album, Sondheim In The City

Concord Theatricals Recordings has just announced the forthcoming release of Sondheim In The City, a new album by Tony Award®-nominated actress, singer and author Melissa Errico. The album will release on CD, streaming and digital platforms on February 16, 2024.

Coolidge Corner Theatre to Launch New Season of Opera and Ballet

The Coolidge Corner Theatre (‘the Coolidge’) has revealed the lineup for its Winter / Spring 2024 Dance at the Cinema and Opera at the Cinema series. 

Review: NUTCRACKER at San Francisco Ballet Casts an Enchanting Spell for the Holidays

What did our critic think of NUTCRACKER at San Francisco Ballet? BroadwayWorld reviews San Francisco Ballet's magical production of the Tchaikovsky perennial running through December 30th at the War Memorial Opera House

Ira Gershwin FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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).

Ira Gershwin has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of the notable nominations include 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". These nominations highlight the recognition and acclaim that Ira Gershwin's work has received in the Broadway industry.

Ira Gershwin has won several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable achievements include receiving the American Express Award for Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Crazy For You." He also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Of Thee I Sing." These awards recognize his talent and contribution to the Broadway industry.

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