Felder adds venue to Berlin show

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - Arts -

Among the thou­sands of songs writ­ten by Irv­ing Berlin are dit­ties en­ti­tled “Do It Again,” “To­gether We Two” and “Stop! Stop! Stop! Come Over and Love Me Some More!”

Those are ap­pro­pri­ate sen­ti­ments when an­nounc­ing that Her­shey Felder’s one-man show about Irv­ing Berlin will not only be at West­port Coun­try Play­house July 16 through Aug. 3, as pre­vi­ously an­nounce­ment; it will also be at Hartford Stage June 21 to 30.

Felder has vis­ited Hartford Stage four other times, por­tray­ing three other com­posers. He starred as “Ge­orge Gersh­win Alone” in 2004 and 2006, as “Mon­sieur Chopin” also in

2006 and just last year as “The Great Tchaikovsky.”

Felder also adapted and di­rected “The Pi­anist of Willes­den,” which Mona Go­labek per­formed at Hartford Stage in 2015 and 2018 and which she will bring back to the West­port Play­house Dec. 5-22.

Irv­ing Berlin, who died in 1989 at the age of 101, was one of the most suc­cess­ful com­posers of the 20th cen­tury. His hits in­cluded “White Christ­mas,” “God Bless Amer­ica,” “There’s No Busi­ness Like Show Busi­ness” and “Alexan­der’s Rag­time Band.” Three of Berlin’s mu­si­cals had their world pre­mieres at the Shu­bert the­ater in New Haven: “Louisiana Pur­chase” in 1940, “An­nie Get Your Gun” in 1946 and “Call Me Madam” in 1950.

Tick­ets for the Hartford Stage book­ing of “Her­shey Felder as Irv­ing Berlin” went on sale Nov. 23. De­tails at hart­ford­stage.org.


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