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Nick Cooper as Ira Gershwin

WORDS BY Ira Gershwin
A Musical Play By Joseph Vass

Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Additional Lyrics from Porgy and Bess by DuBose Heyward
Music by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke,
Jerome Kern and Kurt Weill

The Lyrics for "WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN / A MUSICAL PLAY BY JOSPEH VASS" were provided through special arrangement with the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts.

Originally produced at the North Coast Repertory Theater.

A touching play with music showcasing the life and lyrics of legendary librettist Ira Gershwin. From his early days writing comic tunes to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, two singers and a 4-piece band help Ira tell his story through his own words to music by Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weil, and of course, his brother and favorite collaborator, George.

From the Portland Stage Company production:

 

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