Our friends at Seattle Public Library put together a reading list just for our production, with plenty of titles to feed your interest before and after the show.
To view a full annotated list and place holds on items visit
Seattle Public Library’s website.
The sheer volume of his lyric writing is remarkable in itself, but the fact that so much of it is such high quality is quite astonishing. This tremendous collection puts it all in one place.
Alexander's Ragtime Band
DVD - 2004
This Best Picture Oscar nominee boasts a couple dozen Berlin songs including "Blue Skies," "Some Sunny Day," "What'll I Do?" as well as the blockbuster title song.
Learn the tunes from this huge Broadway hit starring Ethel Merman that was later made into a popular film in 1950 starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel and was successfully revived on Broadway in 1999 with Bernadette Peters.
Hear classic performances of a great selection of Berlin songs by Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and others.
Listen to another wonderful selection of timeless recordings of Berlin standards by Sonny Rollins, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Wiley, Doris Day and many more!
Learn to play Berlin's songs yourself with this terrific piano/vocal songbook containing many classics such as "Cheek to Cheek," "Easter Parade," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and "Steppin' Out with My Baby."
The Songs of Irving Berlin
by Berlin, Irving
Printed Music - 1991
Learn some of Berlin's best-loved songs with another excellent piano/vocal songbook including "White Christmas," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" and "Sisters."
Hamm's engaging biography shows how Berlin emerged from the social and cultural scene of early 20th century New York to begin his rise as America's foremost songwriter.
The Irving Berlin Reader
Book - 2012
Gathered from a variety of publications and archives, this collection of writings, some by Berlin himself, highlights his musical genius within the framework of American musical history.
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
DVD - 2008
Starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, this is the movie that introduced "White Christmas" to the world.
This 1954 film boasts an all-star cast with a score chockfull of unforgettable Berlin songs like "Puttin' on the Ritz," "A Pretty Girl is like a Melody," and, of course, the title tune.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
DVD - 2014
Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, this 1954 film has become a seasonal favorite.
Renowned author Jablonski has penned a thorough and captivating biography of Berlin.
By following the extraordinary life of our "other" national anthem, which Berlin first composed in 1918, Kaskowitz creates a fascinating cultural history of America.
DVD - 2005
This classic Astaire/Rogers film features a first-rate score by Berlin that includes "Cheek to Cheek," "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)"and "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails."