We’re puttin’ on our top hats and brushin' off our tails for a sparking celebration of Irving Berlin’s Hollywood in dance!
Berlin wrote for more Astaire-Rogers films than any other composer. His songs were made for dancing and romancing, whether Fred & Ginger “check to cheek” in Top Hat, “a couple o’ swells” out for a walk in Easter Parade or a “sisters” fan dance in White Christmas. So step out with your baby and join us as we salute Irving Berlin at the movies—in our dancing shoes.
Randy Skinner, artistic & stage director and choreographer
Barry Kleinbort, writer
Fred Lassen, music director
Rob Berman, dance arrangements
Mary Giattino, associate director and associate choreographer
Darien Crago, vocals & dance
Danny Gardner, vocals & dance
Drew Humphrey, vocals & dance and assistant choreographer
Kristie Kerwin, vocals & dance
Con O'Shea-Creal, vocals & dance
Kristen Beth Williams, vocals & dance
With special guests Sandy Duncan and Don Correia
Louis B. Crocco, drums
Harry Hassell, woodwinds
Chris Reza, woodwinds
Gain new insights into Irving Berlin and his songs with a special class led by 92Y School of Music’s Louis Rosen.
Sun, Apr 26, 2:30 pm
Irving Berlin & American Song
Irving Berlin’s catalog of songs is astounding for its volume, variety and quality: “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “White Christmas.” Mr. Rosen explores Berlin’s extraordinary career and output.
Randy Skinner has received three Tony Award nominations for his choreography of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,42nd Street and Ain’t Broadway Grand, also earning Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire award nominations. This past June he choreographed the American premiere of Cole Porter’s long-lost The Ambassador Revue at Town Hall, and he has choreographed five New York City Center Encores! productions—Do Re Mi; Of Thee I Sing; Face the Music; No, No, Nanette and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; he also played Phil Dolan in the Encores! production of On Your Toes. In Los Angeles, Mr. Skinner has received the LA Drama Critics and Dramalogue awards for his choreography, and on London’s West End he has choreographed productions of White Christmas and Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical. He is the choreographer of Lincoln Center's concert version of Show Boat with the NY Philharmonic.
All Dancing! All Singing! marks Mr. Skinner’s Lyrics & Lyricists debut as an artistic director; he made his performance debut in the March 1988 show, Irving Berlin: On Broadway (Part 1), and he directed and choreographed the April 2009 salute to the songwriting team of DeSylva, Brown & Henderson. He was the guest artist in this past summer’s Jazz in July concert on the Fred Astaire Songbook.
Photo: Steve Abel
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