Riverside Theatre Will Present I Love A Piano, Featuring Irving Berlin Songs; Casting Announced
By Andrew Gans
Riverside Theatre's 40th anniversary season will kick off Oct. 29 with the musical I Love A Piano, which was conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley and features the songs of Irving Berlin.
Performances will continue at the Florida venue through Nov. 17 on the Stark Stage.
Directed by DJ Salisbury, the cast will include Cynthia Ferrer as Sadie, Abby Church as Eileen, Anthony Christian Daniel as Jim, Jessica Lee Patty as Ginger, Richard Vida as Alex and Benjie Randall as George.
"As a piano with one sour note passes from one owner to another, it takes the audience on a musical journey through American history," according to press notes. "Beginning in a music store at the turn of the 20th century, surviving two World Wars, and ending in the rehearsal hall of a summer stock theatre company, the piano travels through 70 years of life, love, fear, and patriotism." Told through the music of Irving Berlin, I Love A Piano is filled with over 60 of his tunes, including “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Cheek To Cheek,” “Always,” “White Christmas” and “God Bless America," among others.
The creative team features Anne Shuttlesworth (music director), Michael Anania (scenic designer), Holly Payne (costume designer), Rob Siler (lighting designer), Craig Beyrooti (sound designer) and Ingrid Olson (production stage manager). Casting is by Wojcik Seay Casting.
Tickets, priced $45-$70, are available by calling the Box Office at (772) 231-6990 or by visiting www.riversidetheatre.com.
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