The Great American Songbook comes alive when the much-anticipated Melodies and Memories Series at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center kicks off on January 12th with Say It With Music: The Songs of Irving Berlin. Aventura’s own Judy Scott headlines the show with a troupe of top entertainers performing a 64-song revue packed with Berlin’s classic tunes including “Cheek To Cheek,” “Always,” “How Deep Is The Ocean,” “Blue Skies,” “They Say It’s Wonderful” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
Conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former artistic director of New York’s famed Lyrics and Lyricists Series at the 92nd Street Y, Say It With Musictakes you on a musical journey spanning seven decades of sentimental songs that inspired a nation during two World Wars, and remain every bit as engaging and meaningful today.
Scott, who serves on the board of directors of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, has toured and performed with Don Rickles, Bill Cosby, Jackie Mason, Buddy Hacket, Shecky Greene, Robert Klein, Jerry Lewis, and the late, great Frank Sinatra. No stranger to Berlin’s music, she has performed a one-woman show of the composer’s works in theaters and cabarets around the country.
“It’s absolutely thrilling to be performing this show in my hometown and in such a beautiful venue,” says Scott. “My fellow performers are incredibly talented, the songs of Irving Berlin are utterly addicting, and the Aventura Center is a gorgeous jewel of a theater in a spectacular waterfront setting. You couldn’t ask for a better combination.”
“This music is timeless,” notes Barry Levitt, judging by the long-term success of the Lyrics and Lyricists series in New York. “The American Songbook is embraced today by performers from Rod Stewart and Linda Rondstadt to Carly Simon and Michael Buble, and the exceptional Say It With Music cast does this material justice. We are delighted to bring this popular programming to the South Florida market.”
Other performances in the Melodies and Memories series, which is sponsored by Vi Living at Aventura, are Time After Time: The Songs of Jule Styne (Feb. 9 – 13); A Grand Tour: The Songs of Jerry Herman (March 9 – 13); and The Night is Filled with Music: The Music of the RKO Pictures Era(April 13 – 17).
Say It With Music: The Songs of Irving Berlin runs January 12th through January 16th at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th Street). For more information, call 954-462-0222 or visit AventuraCenter.org.