Gershwin Classic to be Performed in Concert Hall

Posted: February 8, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Hilarious and satirical, pointed and uncompromising, the staged concert version of a Gershwin classic, Strike Up the Band, debuts the Broadway “Curtain Up!” series in the Washington, D.C., area at the Concert Hall on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the performance, composer and George Mason faculty member Steven Douglas Burton holds an artistic discussion.

There are two versions of Strike Up the Band, the one that opened and closed quickly in 1927, and the production that opened on Broadway in 1930 with the original satire watered down. This is the 1927 version with several interpolated songs from 1930, including “I’ve Got a Crush on You.”

“Curtain Up!” celebrates the best of Broadway in concert. Musical theater veteran Martin Charnin, best known as the creator of the award winning blockbuster Annie, and arranger/conductor Keith Levenson join forces with Columbia Artists to create fresh looks for Broadway musicals on the road. With the “Curtain Up!” orchestra conducted by Levenson on

stage, the cast, featuring Broadway’s brightest talent, performs each production as a unique and imaginative staged concert.

Tickets for Strike Up the Band are $38, $30, and $19. All children’s (12 years and under) tickets are half price. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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