Come on and sing!
It’s IRVING BERLIN – the Russian immigrant who transformed American music with some of the greatest popular songs ever written – who gets the SING! SING! SING! “sing-in” treatment with "Isn’t This A Lovely Day? – The Songs Of Irving Berlin" on Tuesday, December 7 (2010) at 7 p.m. at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street in New York City.
In the list of over 20 songs to be sung together are such gems as Blue Skies, Always, Anything You Can Do, White Christmas, I Got Lost In His Arms, Isn’t This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain), It Only Happens When I Dance With You, The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Say It Isn’t So, They Say It’s Wonderful and many others.
At SING! SING! SING! events, co-hosts Anne Phillips and Michael Shepley provide piano and anecdotal accompaniment, respectively, and the audience raises its voice in song. Lyric sheets are provided to keep everyone happily in sync.
Previous SING! events have included tributes to Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein II, MGM musicals, Nat King Cole, and different themes like singing, dancing, and travel.
“Mr. Berlin’s titles tell us how to handle the challenges of the recession,” said Shepley. “Let yourself go. Shakin’ the blues away. Let’s take an old-fashioned walk. Soft lights and sweet music. Say it isn’t so.”
“Berlin’s seemingly effortless lyrics and unforgettable melodies are a joy to play,” said Phillips, who puts the songs in keys that men and women can sing together. “And it’s amazing how they come back to memory in an instant. The man is an American institution.”
$10 cover; 2-drink minimum (cash only, please). For information and reservations, call 212-786-9064. General seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Triad is located at 158 West 72nd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue. Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street.