Monday, January 08, 2018

The Musical Theatre Project presents “The Gershwins in Hollywood”

George and Ira Gershwin penned some of the best popular songs of the 1900s and many film hits including the Academy Award winning, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and the classic, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”  Their Hollywood scores included the songs and underscoring for “Shall We Dance,” “A Damsel in Distress,” “The Goldwyn Follies” and “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim.”

Unfortunately, George Gershwin died of a brain tumor at age 38, leaving us to wonder what he might have composed. 

The Musical Theatre Project’s lecture-concert, “The Gershwins in Hollywood,” tells the story of George’s last years.

The program features Bill Rudman and Paul Ferguson, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Hunter Trio, Vince Mastro and Treva Offutt.

Paul Ferguson, who is the Artistic Director of The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, is a graduate of the University of Akron and Eastman School of Music.  He is a well-known trombonist who toured with Glenn Miller’s and Tommy Dorsey’s orchestras, playing classic swing arrangements from the 1930s and 40s.

Presently, Ferguson is the director of Jazz Studies at Case Western Reserve University, a position he has held since 1988.  He is an active composer and often plays in the pit when Broadway musicals come to Cleveland.

He has collaborated with The Musical Theatre Project for the past four years, including last year’s Cy Coleman tribute. 

He looks forward to doing the Gershwin program as he thinks that George, though not a jazz composer, “had jazz sensibilities.” 

The concert will also feature Vince Mastro, referred to as the “Dean of Cleveland vocalists” and singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, teacher, musical theater director and visual artist, Treva Offutt.

Performance and ticket information:
Playhouse Square, Hanna Theatre
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Tickets available through Playhouse Square
Call:  216-241-6000
For more information or to purchase  tickets:

Temple-Tifereth Israel
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Tickets available 24 hours a day through Brown Paper Tickets
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