I Love a Piano
I Love a Piano
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin | Conceived By Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley
I LOVE A PIANO is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin's most beloved songs, including classics such as 'Blue Skies,' 'There's No Business Like Show Business,' 'Puttin' on the Ritz,' 'Cheek to Cheek,' 'Always,' 'How Deep is the Ocean,' 'Anything You Can Do,' 'God Bless America,' and, of course, 'I Love a Piano.' Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I LOVE A PIANO is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had 'no place in American music - he is American music.'
Description Tags: RevueFor the HolidaysAmericanaClassic Broadway.
Cast Size: No ChorusSmall (1-10). Vocal Demands: Moderate. Good For: College/UniversityAmateur/CommunityProfessional Theatre.
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"I LOVE A PIANO captures the joy, wit, and nostalgia of Berlin's melting pot ideal." — Colorado Drama
"You will love I LOVE A PIANO!" — Showtime Magazine
"Roderick and Berkeley have captured both the astonishing range of Berlin's musical styles and the cleverness of his simple rhymes, which makes it easy to understand why the songwriter remains a national treasure." — The Boston Globe
"If you’re looking for a shot of vibrant good spirits set to Berlin’s jazzy masterpieces, I Love a Piano is a powerhouse of delights." — EDGE Boston

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I LOVE A PIANO is an enchanting new musical journey spanning seven decades of American history as seen through the perceptive and hopeful eyes of Irving Berlin—a man whom Jerome Kern described by saying "Irving Berlin has no place in American music...He is American Music!"

Using 64 of Berlin’s enduring and popular favorites, I LOVE A PIANO captures the spirit of America from the Ragtime rhythms of the early 20th century through the swinging sophistication of the 1920s and 30s. From the sentimental songs that inspired a nation during two World Wars to the innocent optimism of the 1950’s. Timeless classics, such as "White Christmas,"God Bless America,"Puttin’ On The Ritz," and "There’s No Business Like Show Business," do more than define the music of a generation, they define the music of our country.

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Written By: Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley

I LOVE A PIANO is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin.  It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn-of-the-century to the present.  Most people have known and have had some kind of a relationship with a piano in their lifetime.  A piano, however, rarely remains in one place for seventy years. It moves.  It sees a lot.  It brings people together during times in their lives when they are the happiest, saddest, proudest, loneliest, closest, most romantic.  This is the story of one piano’s experience; of the people it touches; of the lives it shares.

I LOVE A PIANO is a tribute to the man, who, according to Jerome Kern, "...has no place in American music. He is American music.”

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  • I LOVE A PIANO - Orchestration Package (8 Books/8 Players)
    • 1 – DRUMS (see "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
    • 1 – BASS (Doubles Tuba)
    • 1 – GUITAR (Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele)
    • 1 – TROMBONE
    • 1 – TRUMPET
    • 1 – REED (Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Flute, Piccolo)
    • 1 – VIOLIN
  • Rehearsal Set (12 Books)
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Book
    • 1 – Logo CD


    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Book
  • Libretto-Vocal 10-pack

    Cast Requirements for I Love a Piano

    3 Men
    3 Women

    I LOVE A PIANO requires 6 triple-threat performers. While the cast retain their identities and names throughout the show, they play different characters in different time periods.

    Set Requirements for I Love a Piano

    I LOVE A PIANO requires a unit set, with one main prop - an early 20th century piano. The original production of the show relied heavily on the use of projections to set the scenes though subsequent productions have been equally effective without the use of slides.

    Materials Notes

    Traps, Train Whistles, Castanets, Wood Block, Triangle, Siren Whistle, Police Whistle, Glock, Mark Tree, Cow Bell, Whistle, Shaker, Sand Blocks, Timp, Sleigh Bells & Chime [F]

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