Master Class with Barbara Cook Part of Irving Berlin's Broadway Exhibit

News   Master Class with Barbara Cook Part of Irving Berlin's Broadway Exhibit Show Business! Irving Berlin's Broadway is the title of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' upcoming exhibition dedicated to the late composer-lyricist Irving Berlin.

The exhibition will be on view Feb. 14-May 26 at the Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, which is located in Manhattan at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. The over-three-month exhibition, which is free, coincides with the publication of "Irving Berlin's Show Business," a new tome penned by the curator of the exhibit, David Leopold.

The Library will also offer several free programs focusing on Berlin and his work, which will be presented in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue. The first of these programs, "Barbara Cook Master Class," is set for Feb. 21 at 3 PM and will feature the Tony-winning actress offering a vocal master class for six performers, who will focus on the works of Irving Berlin. Eric Stern will accompany the students on piano. Tickets will be available beginning at 1 PM the day of the class at the Library's Plaza Level Information Desk.

On March 23, the Library will present "Let's Go on with the Show: Irving Berlin's Broadway." The 6 PM discussion will feature a panel that includes Theodore S. Chapin, Bobbi Baird, David Leopold and Russell Nype.

"Blue Skies: Irving Berlin's Hollywood" is the title of the April 29 offering, which will begin at 3 PM. The afternoon will include a talk by curator-author David Leopold.

Irving Berlin penned such musicals as include Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam, As Thousands Cheer, Miss Liberty, Mr. President and This Is the Army. Among his hundreds of songs are such titles as "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Easter Parade," "I Love a Piano," "Blue Skies," "I Got Lost in His Arms" and "The Hostess With the Mostes' on the Ball." For more information about the exhibit call (212) 870-1630 or visit www.nypl.org.