Various Artists | Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Revisited: Rare Songs of Love, Loss, And Revenge

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Al Jolson Irving Berlin Judy Garland

More Artists From
United States - NY - New York City

Other Genres You Will Love
Easy Listening: Nostalgia Easy Listening: Tin Pan Alley Moods: Type: Soundtrack
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Revisited: Rare Songs of Love, Loss, And Revenge

by Various Artists

Thirty musical numbers--including songs that have never before been recorded--by America's number-one songwriter, Irving Berlin ... selected by the foremost authority on Berlin's music, Chip Deffaa ... performed by an all-star New York cast...
Genre: Easy Listening: Nostalgia
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Buy 2 or more of this title's physical copies and get 20% off
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. When I'm Alone I'm Lonesome
Emily Bordonaro
2:07 $0.99
2. All by Myself
Beth Bartley
3:04 $0.99
3. Nobody Knows (And Nobody Seems to Care)
Alec Deland
3:27 $0.99
4. Say It with Music
Giuseppe Bausilio & Emily Bordonaro
2:36 $0.99
5. Next to Your Mother, Who Do You Love?
Ryan Muska
3:14 $0.99
6. The Girl on the Magazine
Keith Anderson
3:45 $0.99
7. I've Got a Sweet Tooth Bothering Me
Jonah Barricklo
2:36 $0.99
8. Sweeter Than Sugar Is My Sweeties
Charlie Franklin
2:35 $0.99
9. Medley: I Like It / You'd Be Surprised
George Franklin & Katie Buddenhagen
2:35 $0.99
10. If You Don't Want My Peaches (You'd Better Stop Shaking the Tree)
Emily Bordonaro & Ryan Muska
1:40 $0.99
11. Keep Away from the Fellow Who Owns an Automobile
Cody Jordan & John Brady
2:24 $0.99
12. Innocent Bessie Brown
Jeff Sewell
2:11 $0.99
13. Try It on Your Piano
Alec Deland & Gabriella Green
2:18 $0.99
14. He Promised Me
Brianna Leigh Smail
2:26 $0.99
15. I've Got to Have Some Lovin' Now
Natalie Douglas
1:51 $0.99
16. Stop! Stop! Stop!
Julia Franklin
2:20 $0.99
17. I'm the Guy Who Guards the Harem
Michael Kasper
2:37 $0.99
18. My Bird of Paradise (My Honolulu Girl)
Jenn Spottz
3:22 $0.99
19. The New Moon
Luka Fric & Katherine Paulsen
2:04 $0.99
20. When I Discovered You
Matthew Nardozzi & Emily Bordonaro
2:04 $0.99
21. Settle Down in a One-Horse Town
John Brady & Amanda Andrews
3:17 $0.99
22. We Have Much to Be Thankful For (feat. Tyler DuBoys)
Nina Paganucci
2:35 $0.99
23. In a Cozy Kitchenette Apartment for Two
Dylan Adams & Jenn Spottz
2:04 $0.99
24. Call Again
Charlie Franklin & Kelsey McCabe
2:32 $0.99
25. They Were All out of Step but Jim
Rick Crom
2:31 $0.99
26. I'm Gonna Pin a Medal on the Girl I Left Behind
Tyler Duboys
3:03 $0.99
27. I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now
Jack Saleeby
2:21 $0.99
28. I Wonder
Jeremy Greenbaum
2:56 $0.99
29. When I'm Thinking of You
Jon Peterson
2:25 $0.99
30. Wasn't It Yesterday
Emily Bordonaro, Michael Townsend Wright & Beth Bartley
2:23 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

No songwriter ever had a career quite like that of Irving Berlin (1888-1989). He was established as the number-one songwriter in the world before the outbreak of the first World War. More than 40 years later, he was still making vital contributions to popular culture. He wrote more hits and made more money than any of his competitors in the Golden Age of American Popular Music.

Berlin’s songs are part of Americana. Everyone knows “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “White Christmas.” Those songs seem to have always been there. We may forget that one exceptionally gifted man–who grew up on the streets of New York–gave us these timeless songs, and so many more. He never learned to read or write music. He had to have musical secretaries set down on paper the tunes that he plunked out on a piano, or hummed, or sang. But he created more than 1500 wonderfully varied songs.

Berlin has always been–along with George M. Cohan, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer–one of my all-time favorite songwriters. My admiration for him continues to grow. Over the years, I’ve acquired a massive collection of Berlin sheet music, including many rare items. I’ve written no less than five different shows celebrating Berlin’s career, all of which have been published and are available for licensing.

One thing I discovered, early on, was that Berlin wrote many more great songs than the ones everyone knows. He was so extraordinarily prolific, his songs were often competing with one another; many good ones inevitably wound up getting overlooked. When, for example, he wrote “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”–one of the biggest successes in the history of popular music–other song publishers complained that none of their songs could gain traction that year. And throughout that year, Berlin kept turning out more new songs every week–even if no other songs could make much headway when “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” was THE song of the day.

About a decade ago, I began work in earnest on my “Irving Berlin Project.” I gave the sheet music for a hundred early Berlin songs in my collection to my close associate, Don Brown, and asked him to begin preparing charts for me; I wanted to include some of the wonderful lesser-known Berlin songs from my collection in shows that I was developing; many other songs I simply hoped to eventually record.

Using the 13th Street Repertory Theater in New York City as my base, I did readings and productions of shows celebrating Berlin–all of which I’ve considered part of an ongoing “Irving Berlin Project.” (I’m very grateful to Edith O’Hara, the founder and Artistic Director of the 13th Street Rep, for giving me carte blanche to do whatever I wanted at the theater; this album is dedicated to her.) And I began gathering artists to record a series of albums, celebrating Irving Berlin’s rich legacy.

I’m proud of this album (which is being exclusively distributed in the US by CDBaby). You’ll hear talented singers from New York’s theater and cabaret communities singing a variety of mostly little-known Berlin songs–including many that have never before been recorded. (Even music experts out there, like Rob Lester, will be in for some surprises.) There are some major finds among the unknown songs. Of course there are some lesser works, too–not every Berlin song was a masterpiece–but even these feel fresh, impudent, and lively; all are fun.

Singers on this album have appeared on Broadway in such shows as “The Book of Mormon,” “Cats,” “Cabaret, “Bridges of Madison County,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies,” “Billy Elliott,” “Urinetown,” ”Footloose,” “Chess,” “Fortune’s Fool,” “Inherit the Wind,” “Dracula,” “Aspects of Love,” “Annie,” and “Me and My Girl.” They’ve performed at such well-known New York supper clubs and cabarets as the Café Carlyle, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad, the Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, and Birdland. Some of these artists are long-established; others are just beginning their careers. But all love this music–as do I–and all sing with zest, and flair, and respect for the composer’s intentions.

A toast to the songwriter and his songs! And to the gifted singers, young and old, who’ve gathered here to celebrate these songs from an American master.

* * *


1. “WHEN I’M ALONE, I’M LONESOME,” sung by Emily Bordonaro, is a major find–a forgotten Berlin ballad that is truly a gem. And I hope other singers may pick it up for use in cabaret shows and concerts. I’m delighted to have this song–and this singer–open the program. I think Emily Bordonaro, who’s just 18, is as talented as any singing actress her age. A protégé of Betty Buckley (and winner of “The Betty Buckley Award”), she’s enhanced any number of shows and albums of mine, including “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” “The Seven Little Foys,” “Irving Berlin & Co.,” “Presenting Fanny Brice,” and “The Irving Berlin Songbook.” She’s appeared in the “Whistle Down the Wind” national tour. Her TV/film credits include “Celebrity Ghost Stories 1,” “Disconnect,” and “Brilliant Mistakes.”

2/. “ALL BY MYSELF”–sung here by Beth Bartley--is a very good song (Al Jolson loved it!) that’s not heard too often these days. And oh! I love hearing Beth Bartley sing anything. I’ve been crazy about her singing since her student days at Juilliard. To earn extra money back then, she used to sing at “Ellen’s Stardust Diner” in Times Square. I spent a fortune, gladly, going back to “Ellen’s Stardust Diner,” time and again, just to hear her. Since then, she’s worked in touring productions of shows, regional productions, Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. This year, she co-starred Off-Broadway in Tennessee Williams’s “Orpheus Descending,” directed by Austin Pendleton.... I wrote the role of “Mrs. Foy” in my musical “The Seven Little Foys,” expressly for Beth Bartley; she co-starred in the first New York production and may be heard on the cast album. I hope to write other roles for her. She was featured, too, on my last CD in this series, “The Irving Berlin Songbook.”

3. “NOBODY KNOWS (AND NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE)”–sung by Alec Deland, who was born to do musical comedy–is one of the fine “lonely” love songs that Irving Berlin said always came so naturally to him. Deland, who gives the song a direct, true reading, made his recording debut on my “Irving Berlin Songbook” album. “Nobody Knows” is a good song--not so well known anymore--that Red Nichols and his Five Pennies recorded successfully, back in the 1920s. I’ve also featured this song, by the way, in my musical play, “Irving Berlin’s America.” I’d love to see Deland co-star in a production of that play someday.

4. “SAY IT WITH MUSIC”–which was the lovely theme song of Berlin’s acclaimed Broadway “Music Box Revues”--is sung here by two of my favorite younger performers, Giuseppe Bausillio and Emily Bordonaro. And they always sound terrific together. At 19, Bausillio is already appearing in his fourth Broadway show, “Cats” (following on the heels on “Aladdin,” “Newsies,” and “Billy Eliott”). He’s also a regular on the TV series “The Next Step” (The Family Channel). He co-starred in my show “Irving Berlin’s America.” He’s as talented as anyone his age. And I’m always happy to record him.

5. “NEXT TO YOUR MOTHER, WHO DO YOU LOVE?” has never before been recorded Ryan Muska’s pure, true, innocent voice is perfect for this charming period piece. I first saw Muska starring in productions of “Catch Me if You Can” and “Urinetown” in New Jersey, and was so impressed, I had him record “Smile and Show Your Dimple” on my “Irving Berlin Songbook” album. He’s got a beautiful sound, and performs with honesty.

6. “THE GIRL ON THE MAGAZINE”–which many will recall from the 1948 film “Easter Parade”–was originally written by Berlin for a 1915 Broadway show, “Stop! Look! Listen!” I actually got to meet, late in her life, the gal who inspired the song, Eileen (Mrs. Harry) Ruby. In 1914, Berlin saw her posing as an artist’s model for magazine-illustrator Harrison Fisher. Watching her, Berlin got the idea for the song. And he, in turn, got her a job in the Broadway show where the song was introduced.... Singer Keith Anderson–who’s got as fine a tenor voice as anyone on the current scene--has done everything from plays, to musicals, to international tours, to the Kennedy Center. He’s sung “The Star Spangled Banner” for the Cubs, narrated “Billy Idol” for TV’s Biography Channel, and has toured with Perry Como. He may be heard on the cast albums of such shows as “Fairy Tales,” “The Johnny Mercer Jamboree,” “Irving Berlin & Co.,” “Theater Boys,” and “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue.”

7. “I’VE GOT A SWEET TOOTH BOTHERING ME” has been recorded exactly once before. And no one could perform this century-old number with more charm or spirit than singer/tap-dancer Jonah Barricklo. He was an audience-favorite when I included him in the big cast of my “Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue” (which broke box-office records at the 13th Street Theater), and he’s well represented on the original cast album. You can hear Jonah Barricklo, also, on such albums as “Irving Berlin & Co.” and “The Irving Berlin Songbook.”

8. “SWEETER THAN SUGAR IS MY SWEETIE” gets its first-time-ever recording by Charlie Franklin, who’s currently on Broadway in “Book of Mormon” (and was previously on Broadway in “Bridges of Madison County”). And what a perfect fit of singer and song! It sounds like the song has been waiting in the trunk all of these years for Charlie Franklin to find it. He stepped up to the microphone to record this and had me from the first words: “Listen to me! Listen to me!” One take. He nailed this song in one pass! He loves these older songs, sings them well, and always comes to the studio prepared. He was also featured on the previous album in this series, “The Irving Berlin Songbook,” and I sure hope to feature him on more.

9. Medley: “I LIKE IT”/“YOU’D BE SURPRISED”... George Franklin, who was in the Broadway production “A Christmas Story” (and is the brother of Charlie Franklin), teams with his lifelong friend, singing actress Katie Buddenhagen (who has personality aplenty).
And what good chemistry they have! I’m eager to record more of them both, singly and together/

10. “IF YOU DON’T WANT MY PEACHES (YOU’D BETTER STOP SHAKING THE TREE)”–a cute, “unknown” early Berlin song--is cheerfully rendered here by two of my favorite younger performers, Emily Bordonaro and Ryan Muska. I like the way they interact. I created this arrangement especially for them.

11. “KEEP AWAY FROM THE FELLOW WHO OWNS AN AUTOMOBILE” is an amusing, never-before-recorded song, written by Berlin when automobiles were new, and were effecting changes in social mores. Instead of conducting chaperoned courtships at home, couples were going off for drives, unattended. And guys were freer to take liberties. (In the many songs Berlin wrote in his 101 years, we can trace the changes in social history.) The singers--Cody Jordan and John Brady–were stars of my show “Mad About the Boy” at the 13th Street Theater, and will be heard on the forthcoming cast album. It’s always so much fun, seeing them together, I asked them to sprinkle their pixie dust on this song.

12. “INNOCENT BESSIE BROWN” gets its first-recording-ever by Jeffrey Sewell, a wonderful artist-to-watch, who’s also been heard on such albums of mine as “Irving Berlin
& Co.” and “The Irving Berlin Songbook.” I first learned of Jeff Sewell when Broadway star Andrew Keenan-Bolger recommended Sewell’s videos, online. A terrific voice and spirit.

13. “TRY IT ON YOUR PIANO” is recorded for the first time ever by Alec Deland and Gabriella Green. And they sure do sound good together. Their chemistry impressed me when I saw them co-starring in a production of “Mack and Mabel” at Stage Door Manor–so much so that I’ve now written some special material for them, “A Stage Door Kind of Love,” which they’ll be premiering on a forthcoming album of mine, “The Chip Deffaa Songbook.”

14. “HE PROMISED ME” is Berlin’s response to the classic wedding song, “Oh, Promise Me.” He understood that in love, not all promises get fulfilled. New York-based singer/actress Brianna Leigh Smail–whom I first saw on stage in “West Side Story” at Thomaston Opera House–has the honor of being the first person to record this ditty. A graduate of NYU, Smail has helped in the development of my show “Mad About the Boy.” She may also be heard on the previous album in this series, “The Irving Berlin Songbook.” As I type these notes, she’s just been nominated for an award as best actress in the 2016 Strawberry Festival, for her work, co-starring with Jack Saleeby in a new musical, “Him and Her.”

15. “I’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME LOVIN’ NOW” is sung here by Natalie Douglas. She’s won the MAC Award (the highest honor for cabaret singers) seven times! She’s performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. And it’s worth buying the previous album in this series, “The Irving Berlin Songbook,” just to hear her heartfelt rendition--the first recording, ever--of Berlin’s “Bring Back My Lovin’ Man.” For info on her shows and CD’s, visit:

16. “STOP! STOP! STOP!” gets a smart, showmanly treatment from Julia Franklin, who’s done Irving Berlin’s musical “White Christmas”--among assorted others--regionally. A graduate of Pace University, Julia Franklin’s as good-looking as she is talented. She is–along with her performing brothers Charles and George, sister Emily Louise, and mother Lisa--a member of the remarkable Franklin theatrical family.

17. “I’M THE GUY WHO GUARDS THE HAREM” is sung by Michael Kasper, who was featured in my show “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue” at the 13th Street Theater, in New York City. He’s on the cast album of that show, as well as the cast album of “Irving Berlin & Co.” And he’s aided in the development of assorted shows of mine. In addition to acting, Kasper directs.

18. “MY BIRD OF PARADISE”–a terrifically appealing “unknown” Berlin song–is sung here by Jenn Spottz, who currently attends Northwestern University (as does Gabriella Green). I’m confident she has a very bright future. I chanced to see her starring in a production of “Anything Goes” in New Jersey. After the performance, I told her I’d enjoyed her work so much, I wished there were a cast album of the production I’d just seen. And I invited her to record with me. She sang on my “Irving Berlin & Co.” album. And I hope to include her on many more.

19. “THE NEW MOON”–a beautiful, little-known ballad–gets its first recording ever by Luka Fric and Katherine Paulsen. Fric studied at AMDA and was most recently seen on stage in “Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic” at the Liberty Theater in NYC. Paulsen, educated at Yale, is a member of the Actors’ Project in NYC. Both were in my show “Mad About the Boy,” and will be heard on the cast album, coming soon.

20. “WHEN I DISCOVERED YOU” ... It’s always a treat to hear Matthew Nardozzi and Emily Bordonaro together, and they’re the first people to ever record Berlin’s cute duet, “When I Discovered You.” They’ve worked with me on many projects and make a great pair. Matthew Nardozzi, who has assorted Broadway and Hollywood credits, has won the prestigious national “Young Artist Award.” He’s done such shows of mine as “Irving Berlin’s America” and “The Seven Little Foys.” You can hear him on my “Theater Boys” cast album. And he and Emily Bordonaro will be featured together on my forthcoming “Chip Deffaa Songbook” album.

21. “SETTLE DOWN IN A ONE-HORSE TOWN ” is sung here by John Brady and Amanda Andrews, two performers I enjoy who were in my show “Mad About the Boy” (and will be heard on the forthcoming cast album). They never got to sing a duet in that particular show–a situation I’m happy to rectify now.

22. “WE HAVE MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR” is a beautiful song–largely forgotten today--that is well worth rediscovering. It was promoted as the “ballad sensation of the century,” when first published in 1913. Nina Paganucci and Tyler DuBoys sing it with sincerity, sensitivity, and heart. Paganucci, who’s been making her mark, of late, at the Woodstock Playhouse and other regional houses, first impressed me when she co-starred in a production of “Footloose” with Jack Saleeby, directed by Foster Reese Evans, at the venerable Thomaston Opera House. She may also be heard on the previous album in this series, “The Irving Berlin Songbook.” Tyler DuBoys–of whom we’ll have more to say later–has been an invaluable member of my informal repertory company of artists for nearly a decade.

23. “IN A COZY KITCHENETTE APARTMENT”–a timeless, little-known Berlin song (which deserves to be better-known)–is sung here by Dylan Adams and Jenn Spottz. When Adams turned up at an open-call audition for one of my musicals, I was so taken by his singing, I kept asking him to “sing one more number”–just for the sheer pleasure of listening to him. He sang on the previous album in this series, “The Irving Berlin Songbook” I like the beauty of his sound and the way he lets the songs speak for themselves, without imposing ornamentation.

24. “CALL AGAIN”–which has never before been recorded–is sung with spirit by Kelsey McCabe (who’s no stranger to Berlin’s music, having starred in a production of “Annie Get Your Gun”) and Charlie Franklin (from Broadway’s “Book of Mormon” and “Bridges of Madison County”).

25. “THEY WERE ALL OUT OF STEP BUT JIM”–which shows us a mother’s love for her son–is put over with panache by Rick Crom. I always get such a great kick out of his work. As an actor, Crom has appeared in such Broadway hits as “Urinetown” and “Footloose.” Besides being a gifted character actor, Crom writes shows and songs. He’s the creator of the long-running Off-Broadway show, “Newsical.” And Crom penned the song “Lesbian Madness,” which was featured prominently in my show “Mad About the Boy” (and will be heard on the soon-to-be-released cast album).

26. “I’M GONNA PIN A MEDAL ON THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND” ... This wonderful ballad is sung by the multi-talented Tyler DuBoys, a graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts , who’s worked with me as a singer, actor, dancer, and choreographer on many projects. He’s contributed to such albums and shows of mine as “The Seven Little Foys,” “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” “Theater Boys,” “Presenting Fanny Brice,” and “Irving Berlin’s America.” He’s also performed in such touring shows as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” And he’s danced internationally.

27. “I’VE GOT MY CAPTAIN WORKING FOR ME NOW” is put across with irresistible verve by Jack Saleeby. He’s a wonderfully insouciant performer. (And this song, about a fellow’s revenge on the guy who’d been his captain during the war, is a perfect showcase for him.) An alumnus of Hofstra University, Jack Saleeby originated the roles of “Charlie Foy” in my musical comedy “The Seven Little Foys” and “Jack” in my musical play “Irving Berlin’s America” (and he may be heard on the premiere recording of that show). He’s also enlivened assorted readings and recording projects of mine. (You can hear his performance of “My Wife’s Gone to the Country” on the previous CD in this series, “The Irving Berlin Songbook.”) Along with such other valued contributors to my “Irving Berlin Project” as Emily Bordonaro, Matt Nardozzi, Nina Paganucci, Brianna Leigh Smail, Michael Kasper, Katherine Paulsen, Peter Charney, and Tyler DuBoys, Saleeby has roots in Connecticut theater. As theater-writer Nancy Sasso Janus has pointed out, it’s a tribute to the vibrancy of Connecticut’s theater scene that so many of the New York-based actors I’ve worked with got their start in Connecticut, performing at the Thomaston Opera House, the Seven Angels Theater, and so on.

28. “I WONDER” gets its first recording ever by Jeremy Greenbaum, and I can’t think of anyone better suited to introduce, on disc, this beautiful “unknown” Berlin ballad. Anyone who’s seen Greenbaum on the New York stage, shining in such musicals as “Newsies” and “The Fantasticks,” knows he got one of the prettiest voices of any of the actors of his generation.
I’m hoping to have him record other numbers for this Irving Berlin series; I love his voice.

29. “WHEN I’M THINKING OF YOU” is another unusual, never-before-recorded early Berlin ballad. It gets its first-ever recording here by Jon Peterson. He’s starred in many shows in his native England, starred for two years as the Emcee in the U.S. national tour of “Cabaret,” and then covered the role on Broadway. He starred in the original Off-Broadway production of my musical play “George M. Cohan Tonight!” (which I wrote for him) in 2006, and he’s continued to do the show, off-and-on, in the many years since then. (As I write these words, in the Capital Hotel in Seoul, Korea, in the summer of 2016), he’s performing the show to great acclaim in Seoul. (Big thanks to producers You Chul Kim, Hansaem Song, Young Hwa Cha, and company for this latest Korean production.) Jon Peterson–a great artist–puts everything he has into his work. I’m glad he found time, just before we left for this latest Korean trip, to recording this haunting ballad.

30. “WASN’T IT YESTERDAY?” .is another major find–a unique, never-before-recorded song by Berlin, celebrating the love that an elderly couple have for one another. It’s a pretty song, and a touching one, and it brings this album to a fitting conclusion. Making the premiere recording of this song are three of my favorite performers (with whom I’ve often worked): Emily Bordonaro, Michael Townsend Wright, and Beth Bartley. And it’s a kind of reunion for these three fine artists, because all three performed together in my show “The Seven Little Foys” (which I actually wrote for Wright and Bartley), and may be heard on the cast album. I like the tenderness and care they bring to this unusual ballad.

So there you have it–30 rare Irving Berlin songs.... More coming soon.....

* * *

CHIP DEFFAA (producer/writer/arranger) is the author of 16 published plays and eight published books, and the producer of 14 albums. For 18 years he covered entertainment, including music and theater, for The New York Post. He is a graduate of Princeton University and a trustee of the Princeton "Tiger" magazine. He wrote and directed such Off-Broadway successes as "George M. Cohan Tonight!" and "One Night with Fanny Brice." His shows have been performed everywhere from London to Edinburgh, to Seoul. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, and ASCAP. He’s won the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award, the IRNE Award, and a New Jersey Press Association Award. Please visit:

RICHARD DANLEY (music director/pianist) is Chip Deffaa's first choice among music directors and has worked on many shows and/or albums of Deffaa's, including "Irving Berlin's America," “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” "One Night with Fanny Brice," "The Seven Little Foys," "George M. Cohan Tonight!," “Mad About the Boy,” “Irving Berlin: In Person,” “The Irving Berlin Songbook,” and "Theater Boys." Danley has performed everywhere from daytime dramas on television, to cruise ships, to clubs, to Carnegie Hall. He is on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).

* * *

Chip Deffaa has written five different musical plays celebrating Irving Berlin. All are available for licensing. “Irving Berlin: In Person” is a one-man play. “Irving Berlin’s America” is a two-character play. “Irving Berlin & Co.” is a biographical musical written for 12 or more players. “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” featuring more than 40 ragtime songs, is a revue written for 10-14 players. “The Irving Berlin Story” is a full-sized biographical musical, written for 24 or more players.

For more information on any of Deffaa’s shows, please feel free to contact Chip Deffaa Productions LLC, 50 Quartz Lane, Paterson, NJ 07501-3345, telephone: 973-684-3340; Email:;

Playwright/director/producer Chip Deffaa is represented by The Fifi Oscard Agency (attention: Peter Sawyer, President), 1440 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10018, Email:, tel. (212) 764-1100.

* * *
Our thanks for the help provided, in various ways, by Carol Channing, Lee Roy Reams, Don Brown, Stephen Bogardus, Alex and Alec Deland, Matthew Broderick, Jed Peterson, Abraheem Abdelhaq, Yunis Alibrahimi, Adam Barki, Deborah Deffaa, Max Deffaa, Louis Deffaa Sr., Josh Schaller, Ava Schaller, Victor Calatayud, Adrian Carbajal, Brick Greenbean, the late John Wallowitch, the late Jack Gottlieb, and artist-to-watch Julius “Torreador” Taibor.

Chip Deffaa’s “Irving Berlin Revisited: Rare Songs of Love, Loss, and Revenge” (p) and © 2016 by Chip Deffaa.

If you’ve enjoyed this album, you might also enjoy these 15 other Chip Deffaa albums (available from,, iTunes, etc.): “Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin Songbook: Rare and Unrecorded Songs,” “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” “George M. Cohan Tonight!,” “Irving Berlin’s America,” “One Night with Fanny Brice,” Irving Berlin: In Person,” “The Seven Little Foys” “Theater Boys,” “Presenting Fanny Brice,” “George M. Cohan: In his Own Words,” “Mad About the Boy,” “The George M. Cohan Revue,” “Irving Berlin & Co.,” “The Johnny Mercer Jamboree,” “George M. Cohan: Rare Original Recordings.”

* * *


This album is dedicated by the producer, with appreciation and respect, to EDITH O’HARA --
now in her 100th year–the founder and Artistic Director of New York’s venerable 13th Street Repertory Theater. The ongoing “Irving Berlin Project”–of which this album is a part--has been developed at that theater, with Ms. O’Hara’s blessings and support. And I’m most grateful.

– Chip Deffaa

* * *






* * *

Chip Deffaa’s
Rare Songs of Love, Loss, and Revenge

With an all-star New York cast…

Musical numbers...
(Richard Danley is the musical director/pianist on all tracks)...

1. “WHEN I’M ALONE, I’M LONESOME” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Emily Bordonaro

2. “ALL BY MYSELF” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Beth Bartley

3. “NOBODY KNOWS” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Alec Deland

4. “SAY IT WITH MUSIC” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Giuseppe Bausilio, Emily Bordonaro

5. “NEXT TO YOUR MOTHER, WHO DO YOU LOVE?” ... (words by Irving Berlin, music by Ted Snyder) ... Ryan Muska

6. “THE GIRL ON THE MAGAZINE”... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Keith Anderson

7. “I’VE GOT A SWEET TOOTH BOTHERING ME” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Jonah Barricklo

8. “SWEETER THAN SUGAR IS MY SWEETIE”... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Charlie Franklin

9. Medley: “I LIKE IT”/“YOU’D BE SURPRISED” (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... George Franklin and Katie Buddenhagen

10. “IF YOU DON’T WANT MY PEACHES (YOU’D BETTER STOP SHAKING THE TREE)” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Emily Bordonaro and Ryan Muska

11. “KEEP AWAY FROM THE FELLOW WHO OWNS AN AUTOMOBILE” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Cody Jordan and John Brady

12. “INNOCENT BESSIE BROWN” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Jeffrey Sewell

13. “TRY IT ON YOUR PIANO” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Alec Deland and Gabriella Green

14. “HE PROMISED ME” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Brianna Leigh Smail

15. “I’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME LOVIN’ NOW” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Natalie Douglas

16. “STOP! STOP! STOP!” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Julia Franklin

17. “I’M THE GUY WHO GUARDS THE HAREM” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Michael Kasper

18. “MY BIRD OF PARADISE” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Jenn Spottz

19. “THE NEW MOON” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Luka Fric and Katherine Paulsen

20. “WHEN I DISCOVERED YOU” ... (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and E. Ray Goetz) ... Matthew Nardozzi and Emily Bordonaro

21. “SETTLE DOWN IN A ONE-HORSE TOWN ”... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... John Brady and Amanda Andrews

22. “WE HAVE MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Nina Paganucci and Tyler DuBoys

23. “IN A COZY KITCHENETTE APARTMENT” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Dylan Adams and Jenn Spottz

24. “CALL AGAIN” ... (words and music by Irvng Berlin) ... Charlie Franklin and Kelsey McCabe

25. “THEY WERE ALL OUT OF STEP BUT JIM” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Rick Crom

26. “I’M GONNA PIN A MEDAL ON THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Tyler DuBoys

27. “I’VE GOT MY CAPTAIN WORKING FOR ME NOW” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Jack Saleeby

28. “I WONDER” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Jeremy Greenbaum

29. “WHEN I’M THINKING OF YOU” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Jon Peterson

30. “WASN’T IT YESTERDAY?” ... (words and music by Irving Berlin) ... Emily Bordonaro, Michael Townsend Wright, Beth Bartley

* * *

Chip Deffaa’s
Rare Songs of Love, Loss, and Revenge


Giuseppe Bausilio, Emily Bordonaro, Jon Peterson, Beth Bartley, Michael Townsend Wright,
Matthew Nardozzi, Charlie Franklin, Jeremy Greenbaum, Keith Anderson, Rick Crom,
Natalie Douglas, Alec Deland, Gabriella Green, Michael Kasper, George Franklin,
Ryan Muska, Jenn Spottz, Tyler DuBoys, Dylan Adams, Jonah Barricklo,
Julia Franklin, Jeff Sewell, John Brady, Luka Fric, Amanda Andrews,
Cody Jordan, Katherine Paulsen, Katie Buddenhagen, Jack Saleeby,
Kelsey McCabe, Nina Paganucci, Brianna Leigh Smail

Produced by CHIP DEFFAA; Musical Director: RICHARD DANLEY

Music preparation by Donald Brown and Richard Danley; Historical consultant: Jessee D. Riehl
Assistants to the Producer: Sukhee Jun, Peter Charney, Max Galassi, Nick Keeperman
Stage managers: Kate Solomon-Tilly, Megan Ulan; International advisors: Byeong hyo Son, Gabriel Beer
Recording engineer: Slau Halatyn; Graphic Design: Frank Avellino; Interns: Max Beer, Michael Herwitz

Chip Deffaa Productions
Garret Mountain Records GMRD CDP 0928
“Chip Deffaa’s Irving Berlin Revisited...” (P) and © 2016 by Chip Deffaa



to write a review