George and Ira Gershwin have a collaborative history that crosses all musical divides, from popular, classical and jazz to film scores. What a perfect pair to build a show around! I have invited the fabulous Portland singer and actress, Susannah Mars to join me in this Gershwin Revue. And my friend Jack Moore, show builder extraordinaire, has created another entertaining show that is a companion piece to last year’s popular revue “A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green!”

Gala Fundraising at Its Best in Portland

New fundraising shows are always a treat to develop! “Oh Those Gershwin Boys!” opens on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at a benefit gala in Portland, OR. This revue centers around composer, George Gershwin (born Jacob Gershovitz) and his older brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin (born Israel Gershovitz.) I will play the role of Ira and Susannah will play the role of Kay Swift, composer, musicologist and George’s dear friend.  Susannah and I will sing and tell the story of George Gershwin’s remarkable life through the eyes of his older brother, Ira, and George’s friend and companion, Kay Swift.

New Fundraising Entertainment with Some of Broadway’s Best

We will take the audience through a musical history highlighting their most popular films and musicals.  Their first collaborative Broadway show was in 1924 and over the next 13 years the Gershwin brothers wrote 22 shows and movies, that’s about two a year plus other songs for revues and other occasions.  Ironically their last collaborative effort was the Great American Song Book standard, “Love Is Here to Stay.”  And how well it speaks to the enduring quality of their music and lyrics.

The Gershwin Brothers are definitely here to stay… And so are we! With performances throughout the summer, Susannah and I are going to be quite busy. Please let me know if you would like a show developed for YOUR next gala fundraising or benefit event!


See you at the show! ~ Rocky