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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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