I Love a Piano

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  3w, 3m

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

Musical Arrangements by 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.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 3m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences


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.'
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.”
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.

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


"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


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

Bass (Doubles Tuba)
Guitar (Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele)
Reed (Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Flute, Piccolo)
Train Whistles
Wood Block
Siren Whistle
Police Whistle
Mark Tree
Cow Bell
Sand Blocks
Sleigh Bells & Chime [F]

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Medium
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

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8 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor Score
1 Reed
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Drums
1 Guitar
1 Bass
1 Violin
1 Logo Pack
8 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor Score
1 Logo Pack


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Irving Berlin

With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasts over 1,000 songs, Irving Berlin (1888-1989) 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, ...

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