They All Laughed
Ira Gershwin
Fri, Aug 11, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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The lyricists who formulated the American Songbook style in the 1920s and '30s--Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter--invented a new native poetry drawn from a wonderful combination of sophisticated wordplay and unstudied, everyday parlance. Of these Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) in particular stands out, first because he was the first to write a hit musical comedy in this new, "All-American" style (1924's Lady Be Good!, with music by younger brother, George), and second because he was one of its greatest masters. Ira described his lyrics as “simple, colloquial, rhymed conversational lines”. These “simple” lines magically draw the listener in with their high level of craftsmanship and extreme wit.
George and Ira Gershwin had one of the most esteemed collaborations in the Golden Age of musical comedy, resulting in a brilliant body of work that included a seemingly endless string of hit musicals and songs cut short only by George's untimely death in 1937. Both the contribution and influence on musical theater and American popular song was profound. Stunned by George’s untimely death, Ira did no writing for three years. But he then began a second career writing with many different composers including Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Aaron Copland, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kay Swift and Burton Lane and proved anew that he was one of the great songwriters.
For this concert, Shedd favorite Shirley Andress and friends pay tribute to Ira, George and Ira's later collaborators in grand style.
Event Personnel
Shirley Andress, artistic director, vocals
Vocalists
Musicians
Dave Bender, trumpet
Tony Glausi, trumpet
Justin Woodward, trumpet
Glenn Bonney, trombone
Joe Freuen, trombone
Glenn Griffith, trombone
Jesse Cloninger, alto sax
Josh Hettwer, tenor sax
Joe Manis, tenor sax
Vicki Brabham, piano
Niels Miller, bass
Merlin Showalter, drums
PROGRAM
Program
 I Can't Get Started
(1935) Ziegfeld Follies of 1936
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by Vernon Duke
 Soon
(1930) Strike Up The Band
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Do-Do-Do
(1926) Oh, Kay!
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Someone To Watch Over Me
(1926) Oh, Kay!
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Love Is Here To Stay
(1938) The Goldwyn Follies
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Embraceable You
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin
 But Not For Me
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin
 I Got Rhythm
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin
 How Long Has This Been Going On?
(1927) Funny Face
Words by Ira Gershwin
 The Saga Of Jenny
(1941) Lady In The Dark
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by Kurt Weill
 A Foggy Day
(1937) A Damsel In Distress
Words by Ira Gershwin
SET II
 'S Wonderful
(1927) Funny Face
Words by Ira Gershwin
 The Man I Love
(1924) Strike Up The Band
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Oh, Lady, Be Good!
(1924) Lady, Be Good
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Maybe
(1926) Oh, Kay!
Words by Ira Gershwin
 They Can't Take That Away From Me
(1937) Shall We Dance
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Long Ago And Far Away
(1944) Cover Girl
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by Jerome Kern
 Nice Work If You Can Get It
(1937) A Damsel In Distress
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
(1934) Life Begins At 8:40
Music by Harold Arlen
 The Man That Got Away
(1954) A Star Is Born
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by Harold Arlen
 They All Laughed
(1937) Shall We Dance
Words by Ira Gershwin
 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
(1937) Shall We Dance
Words by Ira Gershwin
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harold Arlen, 1905-1986
Vernon Duke, 1903-1969
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983
Yip Harburg, 1896-1981
Jerome Kern, 1885-1945
Kurt Weill, 1900-1950
Ticket/Venue Info
They All Laughed Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20% 
A37.00  33.50  31.50  29.75  -  
B33.00  29.75  28.25  26.50  -  
C27.00  24.50  23.00  21.75  -  
O19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  -  
Student Free0.00  0.00  0.00  0.00  -  
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