Cheek To Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood opens at The York at Theatre at St. Jean’s on 76th Street.
December 3, 2021: Cheek To Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, an insightful song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin opened at The York Theatre Company’s temporary home at the Theater at St. Jeans on East 76th Street for a limited engagement through January 2, 2022. This world premiere, produced in association with Riki Kane Larimer, is The York’s first mainstage production since the pandemic began in March 2020 and the flood which forced them from their home of 30 years at St. Peter’s Theater in January 2021.
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by four-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner (42nd Street, Dames at Sea, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Ain’t Broadway Grand), Cheek To Cheek has a book by Barry Kleinbort and music direction by David Hancock Turner.
The cast features Phillip Attmore (Shuffle Along, Hello, Dolly!), Jeremy Benton (42nd Street, Cagney at The York), Victoria Byrd (Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, Chicago), Kaitlyn Davidson (Cinderella, Bright Star), Joseph Medeiros (Wicked, Yank! at The York), and Melanie Moore (Fiddler on the Roof, winner of “So You Think You Can Dance”), with Corinne Munsch (Bullets Over Broadway, Elf) and Sean Quinn (42 nd Street, Singing in the Rain.
Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood is an all-singing and dancing celebration of the most famous songs that the legendary Irving Berlin composed for the silver screen. Mr. Berlin understood the impact dance had on the public and his melodies, rhythms, and lyrics reflected his love of that art form. Six spectacular performers will showcase these magnificent songs and will also tell the stories behind the man who made the music that made the movies dance. Four-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner directs and choreographs an evening featuring an array of classic Berlin tunes from such classic films as Top Hat, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Holiday Inn, Easter Parade, White Christmas, and many more!
The creative team includes scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by Nicole Wee, lighting design by Jason Kantrowitz and Ken Billington, and sound design by Julian Evans. The production stage manager is Chris Steckel. The casting director is Michael Cassara, CSA. “When Riki Kane Larimer brought me the idea of doing this show, the combination of Irving Berlin and Randy Skinner was irresistible,” said James Morgan, York’s Producing Artistic Director. “Of course, that was some two years ago; but despite the delays of plagues, floods, locusts and other things, we are about to make it happen— and the timing couldn’t be better. Cheek to Cheek is what New York needs now!”
Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood plays the following performance schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m, with special additional performances on Monday, December 20 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: There are no performances on November 25, December 24, 25, and 31.
Tickets for Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood are priced at $55 – $75 (plus $4 convenience fee). York Members receive Priority Seating and Discounted Tickets. Tickets may be purchased by visiting OvationTix at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34375/1635739200000, by calling The York’s Box Office at (212) 935-5820, Tuesday – Friday 12:00PM – 5:00PM, or via email at email@example.com. Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours. Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student Rush tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. COVID NOTE: For the safety of all, COVID policies established by the CDC and WHO will be strictly enforced. Proof of vaccination status will be required upon entry, and masks must be worn at all times. Full COVID policies can be found on the York Theatre Company website.
Photography: Barry Gordin