Have you ever seen a world premiere?

by Oct 20, 2015

Irving Berlin

 

OVER THERE poster, words and music by George M. Cohan

 

 

What does it truly mean to produce a world premiere performance? Lyrics BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR is a world premiere written and composed by Julia Jordan and Adam Gown. Originally performed at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2011 , Lyrics producing artistic director Michael Baron was eager to bring the show to life.

Every musical must have had an opening night, so what musicals opened in the 1910s when BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR takes place? Take a closer look as we dive into the world of world premieres!

Many famous performances that opened in the 1910s are still popular and talked about today. For example, the play SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS premiered on Broadway in 1912, the same year BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR takes place. The play was adapted from the fairy tale, Snow White, written by the Grimm brothers. A silent film adaptation of the play was created in 1916 and Disney produced the first full length feature production of the show in 1938.

THE PINK LADY was another notable performance of the 1910s. Debuting in 1911, THE PINK LADY included significant creative members as well as original cast members. Set in Paris, the show focuses on a young man who travels to Paris and flirts with various women.This romantic comedy set a box office record for New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway.

Irving Berlin had his Broadway debut in 1914 with the musical WATCH YOUR STEP. Berlin composed more than 1,500 songs and scored dozens of musical and films throughout his career. Originally born Israel Baline, the russian born composer changed his name after multiple misspellings. Berlin is most famously known for being the lyricist for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and WHITE CHRISTMAS, although ironically he never learned how to read music

Another popular hit maker of the early 1900s was George M. Cohan, who composed the beloved American song “You’re A Grand Ole Flag”. Cohan grew up around the theatre, traveling with his family in the famous vaudeville group The Four Cohans. Known as a backstage trouble maker, Cohan regularly stated his opinion to stagehands, fellow actors and anyone who would get in his way. As he learned to control his temper, Cohan began to channel his emotions into songs and scripts. Cohan composed 28 musicals and 20 non-musical plays as well as directing and performing in many of his shows. Notable performances include LITTLE JOHNNY JONES, 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY, OVER THERE and GEORGE WASHINGTON JR.

Come be a part of history and see the world premiere of BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR at Lyric at the Plaza!

 

With world premieres happening all the time all over the world, here is a list of some current world premieres!

-BE MORE CHILL at the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater in New Jersey, premiering May 30

-CREEP at Water Tower Theatre in Addison, TX premiereing on October 2.

-OCTOBER SKY at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL. premiered August 26.

 

Sources:

http://www.musicals101.com/cohanbio1.htm

http://musicalsthroughtheages.weebly.com/1910-1919.html

http://www.musicals101.com/1910bway.htm

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/disney-releases-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs

http://www.irvingberlinswhitechristmas.com/meet-us/

http://www.biography.com/people/irving-berlin-9209473#a-smash-with-ethel-merman

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/october-sky-musical-sets-cast-for-world-premiere-353339

http://tworivertheater.org/plays_events/current_season.php?categoryID=205

http://www.watertowertheatre.org/production.aspx

 

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