The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue • Original Cast CD

Written and Arranged by Chip Deffaa

This revue is a lively celebration of Irving Berlin (1888-1989), focusing on the early years of his career, when he was known as “the King of Ragtime.” The most successful individual songwriter in American history, Berlin wrote about 1500 songs. This song-driven show presents some 40 spirited musical numbers (plus commentary) from the first dozen or so years of Berlin’s long career. This revue includes the terrific songs that first put Irving Berlin on the map.


COMMENTS & REVIEWS

“Chip Deffaa, who wrote, arranged and directed this revue, has put together a masterpiece of musical theater…. `The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue’ is a huge hit. It deserves to run for years.” –Thomas Robert Stevens, “Applause! Applause!”

“Chip Deffaa’s high-energy `Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue’ drew packed houses throughout its run, in its world-premiere engagement.” –Theaterscene.net

“The production floated on marvelous musical air and the 21st century… disappeared for a dreamy time warp…. Long live vaudeville!” –Rob Lester, Cabaretscenes.org

“‘The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue’, packed with some 40 spirited numbers, drew standing-room-only houses throughout its limited engagement.” –Broadwayworld.com

“This is a show that will appeal to everyone.” –Eva Heineman, “Hi Drama”


 

ACT ONE:

1. “A SIMPLE MELODY”/”MUSICAL DEMON” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1914)
2. “WHEN THE MIDNIGHT CHOO CHOO LEAVES FOR ALABAM’” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1912)
3. “DAT DRAGGY RAG” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1910)
4. “OH! THAT BEAUTIFUL RAG” (music by Ted Snyder, words by Irving Berlin, 1911)
5. “THAT MYSTERIOUS RAG” (music by Ted Snyder, words by Irving Berlin, 1911)
6. “SADIE SALOME GO HOME” (words and music by Irving Berlin and Edgar Leslie, 1909)
7. “THE INTERNATIONAL RAG” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1913)
8. “A PRETTY GIRL IS LIKE A MELODY” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1919)
9. “ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1911)
10. “AFTER THE BALL” (words and music by Charles K. Harris, 1892)
11. “EVERYBODY’S DOING IT NOW” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1911)
12. “EVERYTHING IN AMERICA IS RAGTIME” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1916)
13. “THE SYNCOPATED WALK” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1914)
14. “EVERYBODY STEP” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1921)
15. “SCHOOLHOUSE BLUES” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1921)
16. “I LIKE IT” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1921)
17. “YOU’D BE SURPRISED” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1919)
18. “I’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME LOVIN’ NOW” (Irving Berlin, 1912)
19. “STOP! STOP! STOP!” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1910)
20. “SAY IT WITH MUSIC” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1921)
21. “HOMESICK” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1922)
22. “WHEN I GET BACK TO THE USA” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1915)
23. “ I BEG YOUR PARDON DEAR OLD BROADWAY” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1911)* * *

ACT TWO:
24. “BRING ON THE PEPPER” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1922)
25. “SMILE AND SHOW YOUR DIMPLE” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1917)
26. “I WANT TO BE IN DIXIE” (music by Ted Snyder, words by Irving Berlin, 1912)
27. “ARABY” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1915)
28. “I WANT TO GO BACK TO MICHIGAN” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1914)
29. “MONTMARTE” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1922)
30. “I’M DOWN IN HONOLULU” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1916)
31. “THE DANCE OF THE GRIZZLY BEAR” (words by Irving Berlin, music by George Botsford, 1910)
32 “THE GIRL ON THE MAGAZINE COVER” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1915)
32 a. “THE GIRL ON THE MAGAZINE COVER”–OPTIONAL REPRISE (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1915)
33. “WILD CHERRIES RAG” (music by Ted Snyder, words by Irving Berlin, 1909)
34. “SNOOKEY OOKUMS” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1911)
35. “RAGTIME VIOLIN” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1911)
36. “PIANO MAN” (music by Ted Snyder, words by Irving Berlin, 1910)
37. “WHILE THE BAND PLAYED AN AMERICAN RAG” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1915)
38. “RAGTIME SOLDIER MAN” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1912)
39. “SOMEONE ELSE MAY BE THERE WHILE I’M GONE” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1917)
40. “PACK UP YOUR SINS AND GO TO THE DEVIL” words and music by Irving Berlin, 1922)
41. “EVERYTHING IN AMERICA IS RAGTIME”–FINALE REPRISE (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1916)
42. BOWS: “EVERYTHING IN AMERICA IS RAGTIME” (music by Irving Berlin, 1916)
43. ENCORE: “I LOVE A PIANO” (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1915)
44. EXIT MUSIC: “DAT DRAGGY RAG” (music by Irving Berlin, 1910)

DEMO SAMPLES (Selected and edited cuts from the Original Cast Album: “IRVING BERLIN: In Person”)


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