BOSTON, Massachusetts — ArtsEmerson:The World On Stage, is bringing the East Coast premiere of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin to the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre this summer for a special limited engagement. From a critically acclaimed, extended and record-breaking run in LosAngeles, performances in Boston will run July 8 through 19, and tickets, from $35 to $85, are on sale now at www.artsemerson.org or by phone at 617-824-8400.
Heralded as ‘the greatest songwriter that has ever lived” by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.” Songwriter Jerome Kern said “Irving Berlin has no place in American Music. He IS American Music.” Felder’s masterful creation of character and musical performance brings the composer to life.
Felder is an actor, playwright and concert pianist. Winner of 2007 Los Angeles Ovation Awards for Best Musical and Best Actor for “George Gershwin Alone,” he has written and recorded numerous songs and pieces for piano and orchestra and piano and violin.
In earlier offerings, ArtsEmerson has already begun a run of The Grand Parade of the 20th Century by Double Edge Theatre of Ashfield, Mass. This surreal, theatrical collage takes the viewer along a 100-year historical journey of the mythology of our time in a style inspired by visual artist Marc Chagall. It blends circus, puppetry, and dance with images of historic moments with Chagall’s vibrant paintings. Double Edge Theatre is an artist-run organization that applies rigorous physical training and the principle of an actor’s autonomy to create works in a laboratory setting. In 1994 Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm where it sponsors theatre training, conversations and convening.
In Allston, Mass., the Jim Healey Band will celebrate the release of its second Album, “This is What The End Looked Like,” on May 5 at O’Brien’s Pub, where the band is playing a month-long residency. “This new album’s main them” says Healey, “is the ‘endings’ in life. Whether a relationship, or the loss of loved ones — and moving on from them, it’s something that everyone has to deal with.” The residency live shows are 21+ and doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door.
ArtsEmerson will be presenting a special 2015/2016 Season Preview event featuring an open house, sneak-peek performances, and a party with next season’s artists, on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Emerson/Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street. The event is free and open to the public with reservation by calling 617-824-8400. Guests will be able to tour the Emerson/Paramount enter facilities, hear from ArtsEmerson’s new leaders, and enjoy performances by some of next season’s artists including Meow Meow, Daniel Beaty, Evelina Fernandez and Jose Luis Valenzula, Sasha Diamond, Curran Connor and Tangela Large.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) closes its 11th season with “Henry VI, Part 2, direct by Tina Packer, from May 13 to June 7 at Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington Street. Likely Shakespeare’s first “history” plays, the Henry VI trilogy revolves around the 30-year inflict between two branches of the ruling Plantagenet family, the House of Lancaster and the House of York, from 1455 to 1485. Henry VI Part 2 focuses on events just prior to and including The Wars of the Roses, named for the emblems of each warring faction. It includes the Wars’ start at the Battle of St. Albans, revealing Young King Henry, his ambitious Queen, Margaret of Anjou, and their court.
A special ArtWeek Event of ASP on May 2 is an open rehearsal, an opportunity to witness the rehearsal process, hear a short talk by director Tina Packer, engage in the Q&A session, and enjoy a light reception. It takes place at 11 a.m. at The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University. RSVP to email@example.com.