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
Richard Riaz Yoder
Justin Smith, violin
John De Simini, reeds
Chris Agar, bass
Dan Weiner, drums
Chelsie McPhilimy, projections