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Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes

Irving Berlin’s 60-year career saw him record with artists such as Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand and write an estimated 1500 songs including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. Without equal, Berlin is one of the greatest songwriters in American history. As Jerome Kern famously said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music”.

With Berlin’s musical’s having recently enjoyed a renaissance, with Top Hat, Annie Get Your Gun and White Christmas all touring, this one off show at the Royal Festival Hall will bring together a night of classic Berlin songs such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Cheek To Cheek”, “Isn’t This A Lovely Day”, “Lets Face The Music And Dance”, “They Say Its Wonderful”, “White Christmas” and “Blue Skies”, perennials of pop culture that have stood the test of time.

Interwoven between the music is narrative by BBC Radio 2’s Leo Green who will be presenting the show talking about the life and works of Irving Berlin and their significance. These are inspired by and parts of it, recounted from interviews that Irving Berlin undertook with his father Benny Green for BBC Radio.

An evening spent listening to his songs is unforgettable, the concert will see the very best musicians and singers take to the stage to pay tribute.

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