CONCORD THEATRICALS AND IRVING BERLIN’S ESTATE ANNOUNCE EXTENSION OF LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP
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New York, NY (December 20, 2021) – Concord Theatricals is pleased to announce that it is extending its representation as the exclusive worldwide theatrical agent for the estate of Irving Berlin. The Irving Berlin Collection, which includes audience favorites Annie Get Your Gun, White Christmas and Holiday Inn, has been championed through Concord’s R&H Theatricals imprint for over thirty years.
“We have been very proud to represent the great musicals of Irving Berlin for the past three decades and are thrilled to extend this long and successful relationship. In addition to licensing this classic collection, we have developed wonderful new Irving Berlin stage musicals such as White Christmas and Holiday Inn,” said Bill Gaden, President of Concord Theatricals. “We look forward to continuing to find new opportunities for the catalog in venues around the world, as well as creating more new stage musicals based on the amazing songs and movies of Irving Berlin in the years to come.”
“The descendants of Irving Berlin remain tremendously pleased with their longstanding relationship with the team at Concord and look forward to continued collaboration with them as their exclusive global theatrical partner for years to come,” said Mary G. Campbell of J.P. Morgan, on behalf of the legendary author’s estate.
For more information about the Irving Berlin collection visit concordtheatricals.com/irvingberlin
Concord Theatricals is the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, plus dozens of new signings each year. Our unparalleled roster includes the work of Irving Berlin, Agatha Christie, George & Ira Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorraine Hansberry, Kander & Ebb, Kitt & Yorkey, Ken Ludwig, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dominique Morisseau, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Thornton Wilder and August Wilson. We are the only firm providing truly comprehensive services to the creators and producers of plays and musicals, including theatrical licensing, music publishing, script publishing, cast recording and first-class production.
Irving Berlin was born Israel Beilin on May 11, 1888. One of eight children, his exact place of birth is unknown, although his family had been living in Tolochin, Byelorussia, when they immigrated to New York in 1893. When his father died, Berlin, just turned 13, took to the streets in various odd jobs, working as a busker singing for pennies, then as a singing waiter in a Chinatown Cafe. In 1907 he published his first song, “Marie from Sunny Italy,” and by 1911 he had his first major international hit “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” Over the next five decades, Irving Berlin produced an outpouring of ballads, dance numbers, novelty tunes and love songs that defined American popular song for much of the century. A sampling of just some of the Irving Berlin standards includes “How Deep Is The Ocean,” “Blue Skies,” “White Christmas,” “Always,” “Anything You Can Do,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Cheek To Cheek,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody,” “Heat Wave,” “Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning,” “Easter Parade” and “Let’s Face The Music And Dance.” In a class by itself is his beloved paean to his beloved country, “God Bless America.” He was equally at home writing for Broadway and Hollywood. He wrote 17 complete scores for Broadway musicals and revues, and contributed material to six more. Among the shows featuring all-Berlin scores were The Cocoanuts, As Thousands Cheer, Louisiana Purchase, This Is The Army, Miss Liberty, Mr. President, Call Me Madam and the phenomenally successful Annie Get Your Gun. Recent musicals culled from his screen work include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Broadway, across the USA, Canada and Great Britain) and Top Hat, winner of the 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Among the Hollywood movie musical classics with scores by Irving Berlin are Top Hat, Follow The Fleet, On The Avenue, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Holiday Inn, Blue Skies, Easter Parade, White Christmas and There’s No Business Like Show Business.
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