Roderick to Direct Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano; Casting Announced

News   Roderick to Direct Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano; Casting Announced Ray Roderick, who was the associate director for A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden and the most recent Broadway Music Man revival, will direct Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano, a new musical journey through the late composer's award-winning career.
Darcie Bender and Sean Schwebke in Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano.
Darcie Bender and Sean Schwebke in Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, NY, will present "the pre-Broadway national tour" of I Love a Piano Oct. 19-20. The cast includes Mark Baratelli (George), Darcie Bender (Eileen), Summer Broyhill (Ginger), Karla Shook (Sadie), Johnnie Moore (Alex) and Sean Schwebke (Jim). I Love a Piano, according to press notes, "celebrates the seven-decade career of Irving Berlin through the life of the one possession that knew him best: his ancient honky-tonk piano with one missing key. Through his piano and 60 hand-picked Berlin classics, audiences are treated to a unique view of American history, from the smoky, jazz-fueled speakeasy of the Roaring Twenties to the American patriotism of World War II and beyond." Audiences can expect to hear such Berlin classics as "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Easter Parade," "Suppertime," "White Christmas" and "There's No Business Like Show Business."

In its development, the Roderick-helmed show has been seen regionally in Colorado and Florida.

Alex LeFevre is musical director and conductor. The design team includes Larry Gruber (scenic), Ed McCarthy (lights) and Sam Fleming (costumes).

Show times are Oct. 19 at 8 PM and Oct. 20 at 2 and 8 PM.

White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center at the corner of Main and Mamaroneck in downtown White Plains. Tickets, priced $50-$60, are available by calling (914) 328-1600 or by visiting www.wppac.com.