World Premiere Musical: That Irving Berlin Thing Opens April 20-21

World Premiere Musical: That Irving Berlin Thing Opens April 20-21


Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents the world-premiere of That Irving Berlin Thing – a two-act revue of 40+ of the beloved songwriter’s most notable – and rarely-heard – material.

What is that “thing” Irving Berlin had that made his songs so popular and accessible to the masses, conquering Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and the movies? More than just a biography of the legendary composer, That Irving Berlin Thing explores the cultural impact Berlin had not only during his time, but for decades to come – from his early association with the “Ziegfeld Follies” and Hollywood, his military service and undying patriotism to his unabashed celebration of the holidays.

That Irving Berlin Thing was conceived, written and directed by award-winning performer/director Hector Coris with music direction and arrangements by Curtis Moeller. The featured performers are Hector Coris, Terry Gadaire, Melissa Kamel, Lauren Koeritzer, Michael Schauble, and Karylin Veres. The show will also feature a 5-piece band.

“It is vital to preserve these classics of the ‘Great American Songbook’ which are in danger of becoming lost in the public consciousness. These songs are timeless and speak to a huge part of our cultural history,” states creator and long-time cabaret performer Hector Coris. “The musical arts are propelling so quickly into the future that we are in danger of forgetting the rich traditions on which Broadway, Hollywood and popular music were built. This is not just nostalgia for the old folks but a lesson for future generations to know where good songs came from. Plus, with the current tempestuous arguments against immigrants, Irving Berlin is a prime example of a wayward soul welcomed into this country’s fabric and his ever-lasting contributions therein.”

FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY! Performance dates/times:

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Friday, April 21st, 2017 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM

at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281. Tickets are $28 -34. Tickets are available by calling 602-909-4215 or online at or at the TCA box office.

SMTC prides itself on “bringing Broadway’s favorites back to life”, presenting full, large-scale productions of Broadway musicals in their original forms, as they were meant to be seen. Utilizing professional sets and costumes, great local talent and a full live 20+ piece orchestra, SMTC has been called “the best theatre company in the Valley when it comes to producing classic musicals.” (Talkin’ Broadway). Please contact Hector Coris at (602) 909-4215 or via email at for press seats or any additional information. The company website is

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'Bringing Broadway's Favorites Back to Life' - This one phrase alone embodies the driving force behind Scottsdale Musical Theater Company.Musicals are America's greatest contribution to the history of theater. The majority of theater audiences look forward to the familiarity of recognizable titles, stories and music. SMTC prides itself on presenting affordable theatrical productions of well-known Broadway shows in their entire original Broadway versions with sets, fully costumed and featuring the best of Phoenix area talent along with a full live orchestra so that these shows can be heard and appreciated as they were originally meant to be.

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