'S Wonderful!
Words by Ira Gershwin
Sun, May 9, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Most consider the golden age of American popular song to be the years between the two World Wars. The lyricists who formulated the American Songbook style--Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter--all began writing in the 1920s, inventing a new native poetry drawn from a wonderful combination of sophisticated wordplay and unstudied, everyday parlance.
Of these Ira Gershwin in particular stands out, first because he was the first to write an established musical comedy hit in this new, "All-American" style (1924's Lady Be Good!, with music by younger brother, George), and second because he was, simply put, one of its greatest masters. Ira described his lyrics as “simple, colloquial, rhymed conversational lines”. These “simple” lines magically draw the listener in with their high level of craftsmanship and extreme wit.
George and Ira Gershwin had one of the most esteemed collaborations in the Golden Age of musical comedy, resulting in a brilliant body of work that included a seemingly endless string of hit musicals and songs cut short only by George's untimely death in 1937. Both the contribution and influence on musical theater and American popular song was profound.
Stunned by George’s death, Ira did no writing for three years. But he then began a second career writing with many different composers including Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Aaron Copland, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kay Swift and Burton Lane and proved anew that he was one of the great songwriters.
Event Personnel
Shirley Andress, artistic director, vocals
Jesse Cloninger, music director, reeds
Bob Cross, vocals
Evynne Hollens, vocals
Michael Stone, vocals
Program
SET I - STRIKE UP THE BAND
 Strike Up The Band
(1927) Strike Up The Band
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Blah, Blah, Blah
(1931) Delicious
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Someone To Watch Over Me
(1926) Oh, Kay!
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Love Is Here To Stay
(1938) The Goldwyn Follies
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 But Not For Me
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 I Got Rhythm
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Embraceable You
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Cheerful Little Earful
(1930) Sweet And Low
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Harry Warren
 I Can't Get Started
(1935) Ziegfeld Follies of 1936
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Vernon Duke
 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
(1937) Shall We Dance
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Slap That Bass
(1937) Shall We Dance
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
SET II - 'S WONDERFUL
 'S Wonderful
(1927) Funny Face
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Nice Work If You Can Get It
(1937) A Damsel In Distress
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 A Foggy Day
(1937) A Damsel In Distress
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Long Ago And Far Away
(1944) Cover Girl
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Jerome Kern
 Oh, Lady, Be Good!
(1924) Lady, Be Good
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 They All Laughed
(1937) Shall We Dance
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 I've Got A Crush On You
(1928) Treasure Girl
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 How Long Has This Been Going On?
(1927) Smarty
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
(1934) Life Begins At 8:40
 The Man That Got Away
(1954) A Star Is Born
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Harold Arlen
 Fascinating Rhythm
(1924) Lady, Be Good
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
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Ticket/Venue Info
'S Wonderful Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
AA30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  15.00 
A26.00  23.50  22.25  21.00  13.00 
B22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
O22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
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