Ira Gershwin Biography

Ira Gershwin

the first songwriter to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was born in New York City on December 6, 1896. In 1917, The Evening Sun published his first song ("You May Throw All the Rice You Desire But Please Friends, Throw No Shoes"). Four years later Ira enjoyed his first major stage success, Two Little Girls in Blue, written with another Broadway newcomer, Vincent Youmans. In 1924, Ira and his brother George created the smash hit Lady, Be Good and went on to continue their remarkable collaboration through a dozen major stage scores, producing such standards as "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love," "’S Wonderful," "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "But Not For Me," and others far too numerous to mention. During his long career, Ira also enjoyed productive collaborations with such composers as Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Kurt Weill, Burton Lane, and Jerome Kern, with whom he created his greatest song hit of any one year, "Long Ago and Far Away." Ira Gershwin died on August 17, 1983, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Recent Performances of works by Ira Gershwin
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) East Brunswick Community Players 11/2/2012
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Spotlight Players 11/4/2006
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Barn Theatre 11/18/2005
Of Thee I Sing ...... (Music & Lyrics) Paper Mill Playhouse 8/8/2004
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Allegro Productions 5/7/2004
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Pierrot Productions 4/16/2004
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Surflight Theatre 7/8/2003
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 7/24/2002
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Main Street Theatre Company 5/16/2002
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Spring Lake Theatre Company 6/28/2001
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Phoenix Productions 11/11/2000
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Talent Time Players 7/1/2000
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Paper Mill Playhouse 4/14/1999
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Red Oak Music Theatre 4/24/1998
Crazy for You ...... (Lyrics) Rider University 11/7/1997
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