Tuesday, March 20, 2018
THAT IRVING BERLIN THING - Scottsdale Musical Theater Company - April 19 & 20, 2018
What is that “thing” Irving Berlin had that made his songs so popular and accessible to the masses, conquering Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and the movies? More than just a biography of the legendary composer, That Irving Berlin Thing explores the cultural impact Berlin had not only during his time, but for decades to come - from his early association with the “Ziegfeld Follies” and Hollywood, his military service and undying patriotism to his unabashed celebration of the holidays.
That Irving Berlin Thing was conceived, written and directed by award-winning performer/director Hector Coris with musical arrangements by Curtis Moeller. The featured performers are Hector Coris, Melissa Kamel, Lauren Koeritzer, Michael Schauble, and Karylin Veres with narration by Bill Diekmann. The show will also feature a 4-piece band, led by musical director Joni Van Rossum.
“It is vital to preserve these classics of the ‘Great American Songbook’ which are in danger of becoming lost in the public consciousness. These songs are timeless and speak to a huge part of our cultural history,” states creator and long-time cabaret performer Hector Coris. “The musical arts are propelling so quickly into the future that we are in danger of forgetting the rich traditions on which Broadway, Hollywood and popular music were built. This is not just nostalgia for the old folks but a lesson for future generations to know where good songs came from. Plus, with the current tempestuous arguments against immigrants, Irving Berlin is a prime example of a wayward soul welcomed into this country’s fabric and his ever-lasting contributions therein.”
FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY! Performance dates/times:
Thursday, April 19th, 2018 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Friday, April 20th, 2018 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM
at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281.
Tickets are $33 - 42. Tickets are available by calling 602-909-4215 or online at www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com or at the TCA box office.