June 2002

Face The Music
(Irving Berlin)

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Irving Berlin's Face The Music is about a producer looking for backers for his Broadway show. He finds crooked policemen who want to lose all their dirty money before their "tin boxes" are subpoenaed. However, the city's sudden financial plight dictates that the production make money after all. A flop on opening night becomes a smash when racy material is added and the Vice Commission tries to shut the show down. Songs include "Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee," "Soft Lights And Sweet Music," "On A Roof In Manhattan," "I Say It's Spinach," and "Manhattan Madness."

Moss Hart (Book) was a distinguished librettist, director, and playwright who was particularly renowned for his work with George S. Kaufman. His revues included As Thousands Cheer, The Show Is On, Seven Lively Arts and Inside USA; his librettos included The Great Waltz, Jubilee, I'd Rather Be Right and Lady in the Dark. His non-musicals included Light Up The Sky, The Climate of Eden, Winged Victory, Once in a Lifetime, You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner. As director and/or producer he gave us Miss Liberty, My Fair Lady and Camelot. He won a Tony Award (for directing My Fair Lady) and shared a Pulitzer Prize with George S. Kaufman for You Can't Take It With You. His screenplays included Hans Christian Anderson and the remake of A Star Is Born.

Irving Berlin (Music and Lyrics) was born in Russia in 1888. Of his nearly 1,000 songs, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911) was his first hit. In 1918, while he was in the Army, he wrote, produced, and acted in Yip, Yip, Yaphank, which he re-wrote in 1942 as This Is The Army. Berlin wrote songs for several Ziegfeld Follies and Music Box Revues as well as many Broadway book musicals including As Thousands Cheer (1933), Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Miss Liberty (1949), Call Me Madam (1950), and Mr. President (1962). Musicals Tonight has also had the pleasure of reviving Watch Your Step (1914). Several of Irving Berlin's stage musicals were filmed and he also created a significant body of original work for his movies. Among the most beloved of his songs are "God Bless America" and "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Director & Choreographer Thomas Mills
Music Director, Vocal Arranger Mark Hartman
Additional Choreography by Vanessa Lemonides and Patrick Boyd

With David Beris*, Larry Brustofski*, Cynthia Collins*, Julian Dean*, Nora Edie, Judy Fitzgerald*, Randall Frizado, Alan Gillespie, Tiffany Hampton*, Barry James, Vanessa Lemonides*, David Macaluso, T.J. Mannix*, Nanne Puritz*, Tory Ross*, Virginia Seidel*, Stephen Stubbins*, Patrick Boyd

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association

Producer Mel Miller
Lighting/Stage Manager Shih-hui Wu
Casting Director Stephen De Angelis
Set Design Stan Pearlman, Impact Creative Group
Set Construction Frank Getz

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