AN R&H THEATRICALS TITLE

I Love a Piano

Irving Berlin, Ray Roderick, Michael Berkeley

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3f, 3m

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin  / Conceived By Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley

This celebration of the music of Irving Berlin follows a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to present day.
License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description
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.'
History
WRITERS NOTES
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.”
 
Keywords

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

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.

Casting

3f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
PRINCIPALS
3 Men
3 Women

Casting Notes

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.

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus
1. "Old Fashioned Wedding"
2. "What Are We Going to Do With All The Jeeps?"
3. "God Bless America"
4. "White Christmas"
5. "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep"
6. "What'll I Do?"
7. "Any Bonds Today"
8. "I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen"
9. "I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep"
10. "This Is The Army"
11. "Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning"
12. "Always"
13. "What Do You Do With A General?"
14. "Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army"
15. "Suppertime"
16. "You're Just In Love"
17. "The Best Thing for You"
18. "I Got Lost In His Arms"
19. "Anything You Can Do"
20. "They Say It's Wonderful"
21. "There's No Business Like Show Business"
22. "The Girl That I Marry"
23. "Lazy"
24. "Let's Go Slummin"'
25. "Easter Parade"
26. "We're A Couple Of Swells"
27. "How Deep Is The Ocean?"
28. "Say It Isn't So"
29. "Blue Skies"
30. "They Call It Dancing"
31. "Mandy"
32. "Everybody's Doin' It"
33. "Everybody Steps"
34. "Pack Up Your Sins And Go To The Devil"
35. "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
36. "When the Midnight Choo-choo Leaves For Alabam"'
37. "Snooky Ookums"
38. "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody"
39. "Let Me Sing And I'm Happy"
40. "All By Myself"
41. "Isn't It A Lovely Day"
42. "Russian Lullaby"
43. "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing"
44. "Change Partners"
45. "Let Yourself Go"
46. "Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee"
47. "Let's Face The Music"
48. "Cheek To Cheek"
49. "Puttin' On The Ritz"
50. "Top Hat, White Tie, And Tails"
51. "I'm Steppin' Out With My Baby"
52. "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm"
53. "Two Cheers, Instead Of Three"
54. "I Love A Piano" -


Full Orchestration

Piano
Bass (Doubles Tuba)
Guitar (Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele)
Trombone
Trumpet
Reed (Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Flute, Piccolo)
Violin
Drums
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]


Materials

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package:
8 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Conductor
1 Drums
1 Bass
1 Guitar
1 Trombone
1 Trumpet
1 Reed
1 Violin
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only:
24 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Conductor
1 Logo Pack

Additional Resources And Services Available

Press

"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

"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

"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

More

Authors

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (1888-1989). With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasts over 1,000 songs, he epitomized Jerome Kern’s famous maxim that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” Berlin wrote scores to 13 Broadway musicals, contributed to seven revues, wrote so ...

View full profile
Author

Ray Roderick

Author

Michael Berkeley

Now Playing

Community Experiences