From Russia to Berlin:

A Century of Irving 1888-1989

Charles Troy’s virtual four-part multimedia salute to Irving Berlin at The York begins November 22 with a virtual premiere every Monday Evening at 5:30PM through December 13, 2021!

The York Theatre Company is celebrating the legacy of the great American songwriter Irving Berlin with a special four-part virtual multimedia series. Theater historian—and York favorite—Charles Troy returns to NYC with From Russia to Berlin: A Century of Irving 1888-1989. It is a multimedia presentation of Irving Berlin's extraordinary 101-year journey from a poor Russian-Jewish boy, Izzy Baline, to the great American songwriter. The virtual presentations will be available online Monday evenings November 22 - December 13, 2021 beginning at 5:30PM.

These presentations are leading up to The York's first mainstage production in twenty months, Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood which begins preview performances on November 24, 2021.

Come along on this four-session series exploring the 101-year life of the ultimate Jewish immigrant, Irving Berlin. Charles Troy's seamless multimedia presentations feature slides of photos and original graphics, video clips from memorable movie scenes, and audio tracks of Berlin's fabulous songs, accompanied by a dramatic narrative.

Irving Berlin Piano Sing

Single Tickets

$20 for each performance

$15 for York Members


4-Episode Package Deal 

$70 for entire package

$60 for York Members

Irving Berlin Ultimate Jewish Immigrant title slide

Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant (1888-1925)

Monday, November 22


Berlin pulled himself out of poverty on New York's Lower East Side by teaching himself to write lyrics and play the piano. He then broke through with a huge success, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and followed with more hit songs and Broadway shows.

Irving Berlin Beats the Depression title slide

Irving Berlin Beats the Depression (1926-1934)

Monday, November 29


Berlin assimilated by marrying a society girl. He lost his self-confidence and a fortune in the Crash, and then snapped out of it by writing two hit Broadway shows, Face the Music and As Thousands Cheer.

Irving Berlin in Tinseltown

Irving Berlin in Tinseltown


Monday, December 6


Berlin conquered Hollywood with scores for three Astaire-Rogers films and produced "God Bless America." In the midst of war, he introduced the immortal White Christmas and toured his show This is the Army to soldiers all over the world.

Irving Berlin Goes Out with a Bang title slide

Irving Berlin Goes Out with a Bang (1949-1989)

Monday, December 13


Berlin wrote his greatest show, Annie Get Your Gun, and another hit Ethel Merman show, Call Me Madam, before changing tastes in music which sent him into a long, reclusive eclipse.