Irving Berlin: American - 92Y, New York

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Irving Berlin: American

The essentially American “God Bless America” was written by a Russian immigrant. Join us as we examine the resonance of Berlin’s essentially American journey.

Irving Berlin’s life and achievements represent the quintessential immigrant story. On the occasion of the centenary of the writing of our nation’s “other anthem,“ we’ll explore how the five-year-old boy who arrived at Ellis Island speaking no English came to create songs that epitomize American music, and how he became the spokesman in song for the country that allowed him to flourish.

Noah Racey, artistic director, co-writer, choreographer
Aaron Gandy, music supervisor, arranger
Dan Garmon, music director, arranger
Ross Patterson, arranger

Cheryl L. Davis, co-writer
Sara Brians, associate choreographer

Stephen DeRosa

Holly Butler
Danny Gardner
Emily Hsu
Bryonha Marie
Jada Temple
Richard Riaz Yoder

Justin Smith, violin
John De Simini, reeds
Chris Agar, bass
Dan Weiner, drums

Chelsie McPhilimy, projections

Noah Racey

Noah Racey has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing many shows for Lyrics & Lyricists, most recently “A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration,” …

Aaron Gandy

Aaron Gandy (Music Supervisor, arranger, keyboards): NYC credits include The Lion King, Urinetown, Just Jim Dale at Roundabout and London’s West End, The Shaggs at Playwrights Horizons, Dora the Explorer Live!

Dan Garmon

Dan Garmon is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, music director and educator, and he is thrilled to be making his 92Y debut …

Cheryl L. Davis

Cheryl L. Davis received the Ed Kleban Award as a librettist, and her musical Barnstormer (written with award-winning composer Douglas J. Cohen) about Bessie Coleman …

Stephen DeRosa

Lyrics and Lyricists: “Get Happy! The Songs of Harold Arlen.” Broadway: On the Town, Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Twentieth Century, Henry IV, Into the Woods, The Man Who Came to Dinner

Holly Ann Butler

Broadway/Off Broadway: On the Town (Flossie, Claire u/s), How to Succeed in Business … (Hedy/Smitty u/s), Grease (Rizzo u/s), Happiness, Anyone Can Whistle (City Center/Encores!) …

Danny Gardner

Danny Gardner was last seen at 92Y in “Between The Lines,” part of An Evening of Musical Theatre with Daryl Roth, and prior to that in Randy Skinner’s Lyrics & Lyricists show, “All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin in Hollywood!” …

Emily Hsu

Emily Hsu has appeared in the original Broadway casts of Spamalot (including over 40 performances as Lady of the Lake), Flower Drum Song (where she took over the role of Linda Low), …

Bryonha Marie

Bryonha Marie was last seen this season in Prince of Broadway, where she portrayed numerous characters from the canon of beloved musical theatre icon Harold Prince …

Jada Temple

Jada Temple is a San Diego native. She has worked with Michael John LaChiusa and Jeanine Tesori, and was most recently seen in the new, original musical Halona and Ophelia

Richard Riaz Yoder

Richard Riaz Yoder is a St. Louis-born performer and an Astaire award nominee for Best Male Dancer in a Broadway Show …

Justin Smith

Justin Smith is concertmaster of the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical …

John De Simini

John De Simini is thrilled to perform as part of the Lyrics and Lyricists series! John is currently playing reeds in A Bronx Tale on Broadway …

Chris Agar

Chris Agar is a NYC-based bassist, music director and arranger, with roots in Metro Detroit …

Dan Weiner

Dan Weiner has performed in the Off Broadway show STOMP as a cast member and rehearsal director, and played drums for such Broadway shows as Wicked and Holler If Ya Hear Me