The conception of Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley, I Love a Piano uses over sixty of Berlin's songs in a tale about a piano with a broken key that is repeatedly bought, sold and abandoned. Such songs as White Christmas, God Bless America, Puttin' On the Ritz and There's No Business Like Show Business are featured in the production.
Performing in the work directed and choreographed by Roderick are Mark Baratelli, Darcie Bender, Summer Broyhill, Johnnie Moore, Sean Schwebke and Karla Shook.
Berlin, an American of Russian birth, led a multifarious career spanning 54 years and lived to 101. Covering the gamut in popular music, he wrote rags, hopeful tunes during the Depression, swing numbers in the late 1930s, songs about dance trends, and theater music in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The October 21 concert kicks off the center's 2007-08 Afternoon Series; upcoming productions include Interpreti Veneziani and The Golem.
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