Here is an Adventures in Artslandia podcast featuring the cast of CRT’s “The Melody Lingers On.” Hear what the cast has to say about this amazing American songwriter.
Berlin was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. His music forms a great part of the Great American Songbook. Born in Imperial Russia, Berlin arrived in the United States at the age of five. He published his first song, “Marie from Sunny Italy,” in 1907, receiving 33 cents for the publishing rights, and had his first major international hit, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” in 1911. He also was an owner of the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.
He wrote hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits, which made him a legend before he turned thirty. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards.
Berlin’s songs have reached the top of the charts 25 times and have been extensively re-recorded by numerous singers. CRT is looking forward to presenting his work in this charming semi-autobiographical musical running August 3-27.