Pittsburgh Public Theater Special Show

By: Amanda Narcisi

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin premiers at Pittsburgh Public Theater this December and ticket went on sale now for this limited engagement. Hershey Felder will tell Irving Berlin’s story from the Czarist Russia to New York’s Tin Pan Alley. Hershey Felder will also bring in the characters Mr. Berlin’s wife of 60 years, Ellin; Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld; and Ethel Merman, the star of Berlin’s Broadway musical, Annie Get Your Gun. 

The Story of Irving Berlin

The evening begins with the story of how Irving came to America at a young age after his village in Russia was burned from the Czars. He tells about his family and how his father sang in the streets and the whole family worked all day long. Irving himself would sell newspapers and bring home all his earnings at the end of the day. During his childhood Irving suffered a prominent death in the family. His father had passed leaving his mother and siblings.

Throughout the rest of the show is the story on how this amazing songwriter and composer completed his works. From the songs of war to the great love he had for his city, the audience was singing along note for note. The audience was encouraged to sing and I was personally moved as “White Christmas” and the true story behind the song was told. As fresh tears streamed down my face I remember my own family listening to the song on vinyl in the early 80’s.

The music of Irving Berlin will be the highlight of the show including songs “White Christmas,” the stirring “God Bless America,” “Puttin on the Ritz,” “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “Easter Parade”.

Limited Engagement

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin runs December 19 – 30, 2018 at the O’Reilly Theater with Pittsburgh Public Theater. Tickets go on sale August 1st. Ticket prices: $30 – $65. Tickets for students & age 26 & younger: $15.75. Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org. Ticket prices are subject to change.

For tickets call 412.316.1600, click ppt.org, or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office.