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Irving Berlin: In Person

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Refreshing, Clever

About the show

From Chip Deffaa and Jon Peterson, the playwright/director and star of 'George M. Cohan Tonight!,' comes a new one-man show about a legendary songwriter. More…

With little formal education, Irving Berlin rose from poverty to become the most successful single songwriter in history. He composed more hits--and made more money--than any of his competitors in the Golden Age of Popular Song. 'Irving Berlin: In Person' showcases an array of classic Berlin hits such as 'I Love a Piano,' 'Alexander's Ragtime Band,' 'When I Lost You,' 'Simple Melody,' 'Say it with Music,' 'When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam,' 'A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody,' and more, plus rarities and rediscoveries.

Member Reviews (9)


Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Refreshing, Clever
Avg Score

Great songs, Hardworking peterson, Absorbing, Small theater, Entertaining

See it if you like Berlin songs; you'll hear lots of them (a mix of known/new). You'll also see tap dancing and learn the broad outlines of IB's life.

Don't see it if you need a highly polished evening. The early preview felt a bit raw, although Peterson is talented and the songs are mostly delightful.

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Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing, Refreshing, Prolific

See it if Extensive repetoire of Berlin’s songs, wonderfully performed by a singer/actor/dancer and a pianist. Spoken bits of biography inbetween.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more dramatic or moving. I would have liked more depth on Berlin’s songwriting process.

Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a story about Irving Berlin using his songs, many of which are not often heard. Mr Peterson is very talented, singing and dancing.

Don't see it if you do not like the music of Irving Berlin or do not like one person shows. Very simple set. Mr Peterson is the show.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Informative

See it if You are interested in Irving Berlin's life and/or enjoy his music

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows and/or dislike Irving Berlin's music

Entertaining, Nostalgic, Interesting

See it if you enjoy an entertaining evening of Irving Berlin stories and music!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a one man show.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You love and want to know everything about this great talented man

Don't see it if You dont like musicals, tap dancing or being entertained in a small, old theater

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if If you love Irving Berlin's songs and would like to hear great interpretation of his life and work

Don't see it if The show is still in development and needs work, the theater is in bad shape as well

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you love the great American songbook - this is where it all began! Really intelligent handling of Berlin's life and work. Well done workshop

Don't see it if You only want to hear Berlin's "Big Hits" - this focuses on the Berlin story with great music, but many of the big hits are missing

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if jon petterson is terrific

Don't see it if you don't like early 20th century music

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