Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Theater Historian Charles Troy Returns to The York Theatre Company with From Russia to Berlin: A Century of Irving 1888-1989, a 4-Part Virtual Presentation


WHEN: MONDAY EVENINGS, NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 13, 2021 beginning at 5:30PM
WHERE: online
Single tickets are $20 for each performance, $15 for York Members; $70 for entire package, and $55 for York Members.
Tickets may be purchased online by visiting OvationTix
or by calling The York’s Box Office at (212) 935-5820, Tuesday – Friday 12:00PM – 5:00PM, or via email at
PLEASE NOTE: The York Box Office is entirely virtual at this point since the flood at St. Peter’s in January.

We’re puttin’ on the Ritz! The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, celebrates the legacy of the great American songwriter Irving Berlin with a special four-part virtual multimedia series. Come along on this four-session series exploring the 101-year life of the ultimate Jewish immigrant, Irving Berlin from a poor Russian-Jewish boy, Izzy Baline, to the great American songwriter. Charles Troy's seamless multimedia presentations feature slides of photos and original graphics, video clips from memorable movie scenes, and audio tracks of Berlin's fabulous songs, accompanied by a dramatic narrative.

These presentations are leading up to The York’s first mainstage production in 20 months, Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood which begins performances November 24, 2021.

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Monday, November 22, at 5:30PM

Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant (1888-1925)
Berlin pulled himself out of poverty on New York's Lower East Side by teaching himself to write lyrics and play the piano, then broke through with a huge success, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” then followed with more hit songs and Broadway shows.


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Monday, November 29, at 5:30PM

Irving Berlin Beats the Depression (1926 -1934)
Berlin assimilated by marrying a society girl, lost his self-confidence and then a fortune in the Crash, then snapped out of it by writing two hit Broadway shows, “Face the Music” and “As Thousands Cheer.”


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Monday, December 6, at 5:30PM

Irving Berlin in Tinseltown (1935 -1945)
Berlin conquered Hollywood with scores for three Astaire-Rogers films, then produced “God Bless America,” then, in the midst of war, introduced the immortal "White Christmas,” and then toured his show “This is the Army” to soldiers all over the world.


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Monday, December 13, at 5:30PM

Irving Berlin Goes Out with a Bang (1946 -1989)
Berlin wrote his greatest show, "Annie Get Your Gun," and another hit Ethel Merman show, "Call Me Madam," before changing tastes in music sent him into a long, reclusive eclipse.


Charles Troy has entertained York audiences in person with his presentations on the creation of My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gypsy and Funny Girl, as well as presentations on Cole Porter and Jerry Herman. During the pandemic, he has converted his extensive repertoire into more than 50 videos, suitable for virtual events. Charles is based in Chicago and has played San Francisco, Scottsdale, Sarasota, South Florida, and many other venues all over the country. Check him out at

World Premiere
Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood
produced in association with Riki Kane Larimer

WHEN: November 24, 2021 - January 2, 2022.* Opening Night is Thursday, December 2, 2021.
The Theatre at St. Jean’s (150 East 76th Street)
TICKETS: $55 - $75 (plus $4 convenience fee). York Members receive Priority Seating and Discounted Tickets.
Tickets may be purchased by visiting OvationTix by calling The York’s Box Office at (212) 935-5820, Tuesday – Friday 12:00PM – 5:00PM, or via email at

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the most famous songs that the legendary Irving Berlin composed for the silver screen. Mr. Berlin understood the impact dance had on the public and his melodies, rhythms, and lyrics reflected his love of that art form. Six spectacular performers will showcase these magnificent songs and will also tell the stories behind the man who made the music that made the movies dance. Four-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner directs and choreographs an evening featuring an array of classic Berlin tunes from such classic films as Top Hat, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Holiday Inn, Easter Parade, White Christmas, and many more!

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood
is presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals and the Irving Berlin Estate, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature

*PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., with special additional performances on Monday, December 20 and 27, at 7:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: There are no performances on November 25, December 24, 25, and 31.

COVID NOTE: For the safety of all, COVID policies established by the CDC and WHO will be strictly enforced. Proof of vaccination status and personal ID will be required upon entry. Masks must be worn at all appropriate times. Full COVID policies can be found on the York Theatre Company website.

The company is currently producing at The Theatre at St. Jean’s (150 East 76th Street & Lexington Avenue) due to a January 2021 flood from a city water main break that destroyed their home of 30 years at Saint Peter’s Church.

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