We received this announcement today from our friends at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum regarding an upcoming joint program:
SFPALM joins forces with Broadway by the Bay to present a special multimedia event, Irving Berlin’s America. Michael Kantor, who produced and directed the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Broadway: The American Musical and David Leopold, author of Irving Berlin’s Show Business, will discuss how Berlin, through shows like Annie Get Your Gun and songs like God Bless America, helped craft America’s own vision of itself across the 20th century. This lively evening of commentary plus rare slides and thrilling film clips from Berlin’s career will be moderated by SFPALM’s Curator of Exhibitions & Programs, Brad Rosenstein.
Admission is FREE, but seating is limited and reservations are required.
This evening is co-presented with Broadway by the Bay as part of their season-long project, “Jews and the American Musical Theatre,” exploring how and why Jews created and continue to perpetuate this original American art form. Broadway by the Bay’s production of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun runs September 20-October 7, 2007 at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
For more information on Jews and the American Musical Theatre:
And do try to stop by SFPALM before it closes its doors to the public for renovation on October 1, 2007. It is scheduled to reopen in March 2008 as the Museum of Performance & Design. We hope to hear more about these developments in the coming months (and to have a chance to visit during the SAA 2008 Annual Conference).
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