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La Jolla Playhouse presents Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Written and performed by Hershey Felder. Directed by Trevor Hay.

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Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

December 16, 2015 – January 3, 2016 Know before you go emblem

Written and performed by Hershey Felder
Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin
Directed by Trevor Hay

In a virtuoso performance, award-winning showman and San Diego favorite Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein) brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, long thought of as America’s Composer. From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York’s Lower East Side, and ultimately all of the country and the world, Irving Berlin’s story epitomizes capturing the American Dream. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs, from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” to "White Christmas,” and the score of “Annie Get Your Gun,” Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will make this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey in song.

"Felder’s wide ranging show captures songwriter’s personality and drive!"
"A Lively and often eye-opening solo ode to this singular songwriter!"
» Read More at San Diego Union-Tribune

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family!
Special holiday performances are available December 23, 24, 31 and January 2 & 3. See the calendar under the Events tab.








Production Sponsors

Northern Trust
Lisa and David Casey


Learn more about Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

  • Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
    Hershey Felder talks to the Los Angeles Times about the expectations, challenges and joys of performing as history’s most recognizable musical maestros
    » Read More at LA Times
  • Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
    From Beethoven to Irving Berlin: American Theatre spotlights Hershey Felder’s virtuosity as a storyteller in solo shows about iconic musicians
    » Read More at American Theatre



Design Credits for Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Scenic Design Hershey Felder & Trevor Hay
Lighting Design Richard Norwood
Projection Design Andrew Wilder & Lawrence Siefert
Line Producer/Sound Design Erik Carstensen

Reviews of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

"Felder’s wide ranging show captures songwriter’s personality and drive!"
"A Lively and often eye-opening solo ode to this singular songwriter!"
"Felder is a DYNAMO."

» Read More at San Diego Union-Tribune

“Hershey Felder dazzles as Irving Berlin”
» Read More at The Huffington Post

“Enriching, humorous...you do not want to miss a delicious moment of it.”
» Read More at Broadway World

CRITIC’S CHOICE! “Richly entertaining.”
» Read More at Los Angeles Times

“Exuberant and heartbreaking...One fascinating, richly emotional ride”
» Read More at Chicago Sun-Times

“Wealth of musical memories...Felder does his great guy proud”
» Read More at Chicago Tribune


Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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Special holiday performances available December 23, 24, 31
and January 2 & 3

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin performance calendar

About Hershey Felder

Hershey Felder created and performed George Gershwin Alone, which played on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, in the West End at the Duchess Theatre, and in theatres around the country. His Composers Sonata – George Gershwin Alone; Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven, As I Knew Him; Maestro Bernstein; Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin — has been presented at dozens of theatres across the U.S. and around the world. His compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. As director, he premiered Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012 and, earlier this year, produced and created scenic design for Taylor Hackford’s Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara. Mr. Felder has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.