Arlen Blues and Berlin Ballads at the InSeries

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 3, 2011 10:58 AM |

The songs of Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen defined what America played and sang and danced to for much of the 20th century. Abel Lopez and Angelisa Gillyard direct an In Series production with a novel script by Bari Biern that focuses on the composers’ film and Broadway works, mostly those from between the 20th Century’s two world wars. Stanley Thurston is the show’s musical director and pianist, leading saxophonist Marshall Keys, upright bassist Ephraim Wolfolk, soul singer Pam Ward, operatic baritone Lew Freeman and fellow cast members Tammy Roberts, Jase Parker and Leslie Vincent. And yes, “White Christmas” will be sung. Tonight at 8 p.m. An OUT at In Series performance, with post-show audience dialogue, is Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. Through next weekend, Dec. 11. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $37, or $40 for front-row cabaret table seats. Call 202-204-7763 or visit inseries.org.

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