Rodgers & Hammerstein, An Imagem Company, will celebrate composer and lyricist Irving Berlin with a series of special events this summer. Berlin’s legacy will be explored through music and talks at various museums through the city.
The special events are inspired by the upcoming Broadway debut of Holiday Inn, based on Berlin’s Oscar-winning film of the same name. The original musical, produced by Roundabout Theater Company and set to open at Studio 54 in October, will feature music and lyrics by Berlin.
Below is an overview of the Rodgers & Hammerstein events:
The Early Life of Irving Berlin, June 26 at 3 PM
Eldridge Street Jewish Museum and Synagogue
Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Red Star Line historian Bram Breelaert explore Berlin’s early life and work. Cast members from Holiday Inn will also present Berlin’s vaudeville and Yiddish compositions influenced by his experience growing up on the Lower East Side. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Genius of Irving Berlin: A New York Story, July 6 at 6:30 PM
Museum of the City Of New York
The museum will host an evening of song and discussion about Berlin’s New York career, from the 1920’s to 1960’s. Participants include Chapin; Robert Kimball, editor of The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin; Elizabeth Matson, Berlin’s granddaughter; and members of the cast of Holiday Inn performing select musical numbers. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Making of Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum
Cast members from Holiday Inn present a sneak preview of songs from the new Broadway show. Speakers will include Chapin and the Roundabout Theater Company creative team. Tickets are free; click here to reserve.
Visit rnh.com for more information.