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Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin & Co. (The Original Cast Album)

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Irving Berlin was the most popular songwriter in history. ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa's musical comedy, "Irving Berlin & Co" (published by Eldridge Plays), uses two dozen irresistible Berlin songs to tell his story. This is the premiere recording.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
Emily Bordonaro, The Irving Berlin & Co. Chorus & Jonah Barricklo
2:39 $0.99
2. The International Rag
Keith Anderson, Jonah Barricklo, The Irving Berlin & Co. Chorus & Emily Bordonaro
2:16 $0.99
3. Simple Melody / Musical Demon
Emily Bordonaro & Jonah Barricklo
2:02 $0.99
4. I'm Going Back to Dixie
Michael Townsend Wright
0:44 $0.99
5. Araby
Jonah Barricklo
1:28 $0.99
6. There's Something Nice About the South
Jonah Barricklo & Chip Deffaa
3:32 $0.99
7. Ragtime Violin
Jeffrey Swell & The Irving Berlin & Co. Chorus
2:10 $0.99
8. I've Got to Have Some Lovin' Now
Amanda Andrews, Jenn Spottz & Katherine Paulsen
2:11 $0.99
9. Everybody Step
Jeffrey Swell & The Irving Berlin & Co. Chorus
2:36 $0.99
10. All By Myself
Michael Kasper
3:05 $0.99
11. I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy
Matthew Nardozzi & The Irving Berlin & Co. Chorus
1:16 $0.99
12. Yankee Love
Michael Kasper & Matthew Nardozzi
0:59 $0.99
13. Down Where the Jack O' Lanterns Grow
Matthew Nardozzi & Michael Kasper
1:25 $0.99
14. This Is the Life
Michael Townsend Wright
0:58 $0.99
15. Wild Cherries
Chloe Brooks
1:02 $0.99
16. That Dying Rag
Michael Kasper
1:48 $0.99
17. We're On Our Way to France
Peter Charney & The Irving Berlin & Co. Male Chorus
2:20 $0.99
18. In a Cozy Kitchenette Apartment
Michael Townsend Wright & Missy Dreier
3:01 $0.99
19. They Call It Dancing
Brian Vincent Grimaldi & The Irving Berlin & Co. Chorus
1:47 $0.99
20. Settle Down in a One Horse Town
Michael Townsend Wright & Casie Pepe-Winshell
3:37 $0.99
21. Mandy
Emily Bordonaro, Michael Kasper & Jonah Barricklo
1:15 $0.99
22. Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning
Michael Townsend Wright
1:13 $0.99
23. When I Get Back to the USA
Keith Anderson & The Irving Berlin & Co. Male Chorus
1:46 $0.99
24. I Love a Piano
The Irving Berlin Co. Ensemble
3:27 $0.99
25. Mandy
Richard Danley
1:03 $0.99
26. Say It With Music
Richard Danley
2:14 $0.99
27. I Beg Your Pardon / Dear Old Broadway (Bonus Track)
Will Conard
1:39 $0.99
28. I'm Gonna Pin a Medal On the Girl I Left Behind (Bonus Track)
Will Conard
1:59 $0.99
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Album Notes

ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa's high-spirited musical comedy “IRVING BERLIN & CO.” tells the story of the most successful songwriter in history.

In his long life, Irving Berlin (1888-1989) wrote some 1500 songs. He created more hits–and made more money–than any of his so-called rivals. He wrote the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood musicals. When the great composer Jerome Kern was asked, “What is Irving Berlin’s place in American music?,” he famously replied, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music; he IS American music.”

Created by one of the world’s foremost experts on Berlin – award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa – “IRVING BERLIN & CO.” uses two dozen spirited Berlin songs to help tell his life story. The score includes some famed Berlin numbers that most everyone knows. There are also some wondrous rarities and rediscoveries--including some numbers that have not been heard or recorded in a hundred years. And some numbers that--to the best of our knowledge--have never before been recorded! This cast album--featuring a company of 24 artists--is being released now, exclusively in the U.S., through CDBaby. This album is one of seven albums celebrating Irving Berlin that are being produced, over a period of several years, by Chip Deffaa. You might also enjoy such recently released cast albums, also produced by Deffaa, as "Irving Berlin's America" and "The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue."

Please visit: www.chipdeffaa.com

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For the last 20 years of his life, Irving Berlin lived like a recluse. One year, when Berlin was 95, a friend of mine, John Wallowitch, invited me to join him and various friends, to spend Christmas Eve singing in front of Berlin’s townhouse, 17 Beekman Place, New York City. John’s idea was that we would not sing traditional Christmas carols, but would sing Berlin songs. I turned John down because I’d already made plans to spend Christmas Eve with my parents and siblings. But John led a group of 18 singers in serenading Berlin that cold wintry night. Then one member of the group had the courage to ring the doorbell. To everyone’s surprise, Berlin himself answered, wearing a monogrammed silk bathrobe. The reclusive Berlin invited everyone in, shook their hands, served hot chocolate, and said they’d given him the best Christmas present of his life. That incident helped inspire this musical play, which opens with John Wallowitch and company singing outside Berlin’s home on Christmas Eve. In our play, Berlin invites the group in, and–prompted by the curiosity of the two youngest members of the group, teens Emily and Sprack, he begins to share recollections.....

I’ve spent eight years researching/writing about Berlin. This is one of five different shows about Berlin that I’ve created, each featuring a different point of view, with some different stories and songs. I’m very proud of–and grateful to–our carefully hand-picked company. I’ve worked before with most of these artists; several of them (including Emily Bordonaro and Michael Kasper, for whom I wrote the roles that they originated) have been part of this project from the very first reading at Ripley-Grier Studios in NYC. I’d gladly work again with any of them.

We have a company of 24 recording artists on this album. (The play can be performed, with some “doubling,” by as few as 12 actors.) I’d like to briefly introduce you to our cast, which includes some of my favorite performers in New York City.

Michael Townsend Wright is no stranger to the role of Berlin, having previously played that part to great critical acclaim in the premiere New York production (and also on the original cast album) of my show “Irving Berlin’s America.” He’s been performing (with credits on stage, screen, television) for some 40 years.... For my money, there’s no finer tenor in NYC than seasoned pro Keith Anderson, whose work I’ve enjoyed on stage in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on TV; he was also in my shows “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue” and “The Johnny Mercer Jamboree,” and is on the cast albums....

The gifted and personable teens Emily Bordonaro (who recently won “The Betty Buckley Award” as a young artist-to-watch), Michael Kasper, and Jonah Barricklo most recently sang and tap-danced with elan in my show “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue” at New York’s 13th Street Repertory Theater; they may be heard on the cast album (and will also be heard on the forthcoming “Chip Deffaa Songbook”).... I’ve enjoyed Matthew Nardozzi’s work on Broadway and on film (and he’s won the national “Young Artist Award”); I’ve been fortunate enough to have had Matt in my musicals “The Seven Little Foys” and “Irving Berlin’s America”; he’s on the cast album of my show “Theater Boys,” and will be heard on my forthcoming “Chip Deffaa Songbook” album as well....

Chloe Brooks (who represents Fanny Brice on this album) starred in my show “One Night with Fanny Brice.” (She actually started out as an understudy in our New York production, eventually took over the role, and wound up playing it for the longest time of any of the actresses who did the show New York.) Katherine Paulsen, Cody Jordan, Amanda Andrews, and Benjamin Grier were most recently seen in New York in my show “Mad About the Boy.....” Casie Pepe-Winshell appeared in my “Seven Little Foys,” and sang on the cast album.... Pure-voiced Missy Dreier (currently studying at Harvard) and high-spirited Timothy Thompson added life to my “Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” and are on the cast recording... Hawkins Gardow appeared in my musical comedy “Theater Boys” in New York. Megan Ulan most recently worked on my show “Mad About the Boy.”

Peter Charney has been an invaluable asset on productions of mine–as a singer, actor, assistant director, and/or video producer–for eight years; he originated the role of Eddie Foy Jr. In my musical “The Seven Little Foys,” and is featured on the cast album. He recently made his New York playwriting debut with “The Puppet Show Man” at Dixon Place.

I’m delighted that Jeffrey Sewell (whose talent first impressed me via videos on YouTube nearly five years ago) made the trip down to New York from Massachusetts for this project.... And I’m grateful that, to participate in this project, David Cook flew in all the way from Texas (where he starred, several years ago, in my musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” with the Crystal Sea Drama Company).... I’m glad that such impressive up-and-coming performers as Will Conard, Jenn Spotz, and Brian Vincent Grimaldi – whom I’ve enjoyed in various productions they’ve starred in– are on this recording: I hope we’ll get to do more work in the future.

I first fell in love with the singing voice of our special guest artist, acclaimed vocalist Elena Bennett, when I first heard her at the late Erv Raible’s great Greenwich Village nightspot, Eight-Eights, about a quarter-century ago. And I loved the album she made with Fred Barton’s 28-piece orchestra, “A Wrinkle in Swingtime.” It means a lot to me that she’s one this album now.

Richard Danley has been my first-call music director for a decade. He’s music-directed lots of my theatrical productions, and may be heard on the cast albums of such shows of mine as “The Seven Little Foys,” “Theater Boys,” “Irving Berlin’s America,” “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” “Mad About the Boy,” and the forthcoming “Chip Deffaa Songbook.” He’s in-demand far and wide. (As I type these words, he is performing in Beijing, China; I’m waiting for him to get back so we can start the next project.) Out thanks, too, to interns Michael Herwitz, Max Beer, Alex Deland

Irving Berlin is–along with George M. Cohan, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and the Gershwins–one of my all-time favorite songwriters. I’m happy that this album includes such celebrated numbers of Berlin’s as “I Love a Piano,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Mandy,” and “The International Rag.” I’m also glad the album includes some rarities you will find nowhere else, such as “In My Cozy Kitchenette Apartment,” “They Call it Dancing,” and “There’s Something Nice About the South.” To the best of my knowledge, Missy Dreier and Michael Townsend Wright have made the first-ever recording of “In My Cozy Kitchenette Apartment,” and Jonah Barricklo has made the first-ever recording of “There’s Something Nice About the South.” And although there were a couple instrumental recordings of Berlin’s “They Call it Dancing” back in the 1920s, Brian Grimaldi appears to be the first person ever to record the lyrics to that song (which were considered awfully daring when the song was new).

(Chip Deffaa is the author of 16 published plays and eight published books, and the producer of 12 albums. For 18 years he covered entertainment 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 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. )

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If you’ve enjoyed this cast album, you might also enjoy these other cast albums (available from CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, etc.) of Chip Deffaa productions: “The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,” “George M. Cohan Tonight!,” “Irving Berlin’s America,” “One Night with Fanny Brice,” “The Seven Little Foys” “Theater Boys,” “Presenting Fanny Brice,” “Mad About the Boy,” “The George M. Cohan Revue,” “The Johnny Mercer Jamboree” ...and this one-of-a-kind album produced by Deffaa: “George M. Cohan: Rare Original Recordings” Coming soon: “The Chip Deffaa Songbook...”

Chip Deffaa's musical play “IRVING BERLIN & CO.” is available for licensing from ELDRIDGE PLAYS, P.O. Box 14367, Tallahassee, FL 32317, www.HiStage.com. This family-friendly musical play, appropriate for all audiences, is suitable for regional theaters, community theaters, secondary schools and colleges. It requires 12 or more actors. ELDRIDGE also publishes and licenses such plays of Deffaa’s as “Presenting Fanny Brice” and “George M. Cohan & Co.”

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

Please visit: www.chipdeffaa.com

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A musical comedy, written and arranged by CHIP DEFFAA






David Cook, Timothy Thompson, Cody Jordan, Benjamin Grier, Megan Ulan, and Chip Deffaa

Music direction by RICHARD DANLEY

Music preparation by Don Brown, Richard Danley
Graphic design/Layout by Frank Avellino/Logo Your Show
Recording engineer: Slau Halatyn; recorded at BeSharp Studios, NYC
Production assistance by: Peter Charney, Tyler DuBoys, Bailey Cummings, Max Galassi
Aides-de-camp: Gabriel Beer, Nick “King” Keeperman, Giuseppe Bausilio, Rayna Hirt, Brandon Pollinger, Maite Uzal, Danny Coelho, Kevin M. Lynch, Alex Dreier. Oreo Dee, Alec Bordonaro

Album produced by CHIP DEFFAA

with special thanks to Jack “Sprack” Sprance

“IRVING BERLIN & CO.” is published by: ELDRIDGE PLAYS, www.hiStage. com

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Musical Numbers”

1. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (Irving Berlin) ... Emily Bordonaro, Jonah Barricklo, and Chorus

2. “The International Rag” (Irving Berlin) ... Keith Anderson, Emily Bordonaro, Jonah Barricklo, and Chorus

3. “Simple Melody” / “Musical Demon” (Irving Berlin) ... Emily Bordonaro and Jonah Barricklo, with tap-dancing by Jonah Barricklo

4. “I’m Going Back to Dixie” (music by Ted Snyder, words by Irving Berlin) ... Michael Townsend Wright

5. “Araby” (Irving Berlin) ... Jonah Barricklo

6. “There’s Something Nice About the South” (Irving Berlin) ... Jonah Barricklo and Chip Deffaa

7. “Ragtime Violin” (Irving Berlin) ... Jeffrey Swell and Company

8. “I’ve Got to Have Some Lovin’ Now” (Irving Berlin) ... Amanda Andrews, Jenn Spottz, Katherine Paulsen

9. “Everybody Step” (Irving Berlin) ... Jeffrey Swell and Company

10. “All By Myself” (Irving Berlin) ... Michael Kasper

11. “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” (George M. Cohan) ... Matthew Nardozzi and Chorus, with tap-dancing by Jonah Barricklo

12. “Yankee Love” (words and music by E. Ray Goetz and Irving Berlin) ... Michael Kasper and Matthew Nardozzi

13. “Down Where the Jack O’Lanterns Grow” (Irving Berlin) ... Matthew Nardozzi and Michael Kasper

14. “This is the Life” (Irving Berlin) ... Michael Townsend Wright

15. “Wild Cherries” (music by Ted Snyder, words by Irving Berlin) ... Chloe Brooks

16. “That Dying Rag” (music by Bernie Adler, words by Irving Berlin) ... Michael Kasper

17. “We’re On Our Way to France” (Irving Berlin) ... Peter Charney and Chorus

18. “In A Cozy Kitchenette Apartment” (Irving Berlin) ... Michael Townsend Wright and Missy Dreier

19. “They Call It Dancing” (Irving Berlin) ... Brian Vincent Grimaldi and Chorus

20. “Settle Down in a One Horse Town” (Irving Berlin) ... Michael Townsend Wright and Casie Pepe-Winshell

21. “Mandy” (Irving Berlin) ... Emily Bordonaro and Michael Kasper, with tap-dancing by Jonah Barricklo

22. “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” (Irving Berlin) ... Michael Townsend Wright

23. “When I Get Back to the USA” (Irving Berlin)... Keith Anderson and Chorus

24. “I Love a Piano” (Irving Berlin) ... The "Irving Berlin & Co." Ensemble, with tap-dancing by Jonah Barricklo

25. Bows music (instrumental): “Mandy” (Irving Berlin) ... Richard Danley

26. Exit music (instrumental). “Say It With Music” (Irving Berlin) ... Richard Danley

27. Bonus track: "I Beg Your Pardon, Dear Old Broadway" (Irving Berlin) ... Will Conard

28. Bonus track: "I'm Gonna Pin a Medal on the Girl I Left Behind" (Irving Berlin) .... Will Conard

This album is dedicated by the producer--with appreciation and fond remembrance--to the good people of School Nine.

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Garret Mountain Records GMRD CDR-PRO 715

This album (P) and © Chip Deffaa 2015



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