April 12 – May 8 - HELD OVER to May 13
Conceived by Don Shipley
The music and lyrics of Irving Berlin
Directed by Glynis Leyshon
“The greatest songwriter that has ever lived” George Gershwin
“Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” Jerome Kern
In celebration of our 40th anniversary we’ll reprise the musical that started it all. With no formal training, Irving Berlin wrote many of the greatest songs in history. His simple, uncomplicated music sparked dance crazes and moved a nation. This timeless revue, featuring incredible dancing and tunes like “Always”, ”Count Your Blessings”, ”Blue Skies”, and “Cheek To Cheek”, is a real treat for everyone.
Why I chose this play – I chose this musical revue, conceived by Don Shipley 40 years ago,because it opened the Belfry, and has had a cherished place in this theatre’s history ever since. Twenty-two years ago, it opened the newly-renovated Belfry, in a production directed by Glynis Leyshon, who returns to direct it once again. Oh – and it has some of the best songs ever written. MS