Hershey Felder’s one-man show at the 59E59 Theatre celebrates the music of the legendary songwriter Irving Berlin. Directed by Trevor Hay, it follows Berlin’s life from his humble beginnings as a Russian-Jewish immigrant through his career as a masterful composer and lyricist.
Felder, who has written and performed similar shows on the life and music of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, uses the biographical framework to play and sing some of Berlin’s most enduring songs: “White Christmas,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “Putting on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning,” and “God Bless America,” the venerable patriotic anthem immortalized by Kate Smith. Artists such as Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire also performed memorable versions of these songs, in musicals and films that included White Christmas, Easter Parade, Holiday Inn, Call Me Madam and Annie Get Your Gun.
The 59E59 venue is intimate enough for you to be up close to Felder in this amazing show. If you want to be entertained by ageless music and you are nostalgic about the songs of the great musicals, this is the show for you.