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Players Guild Of Loenia Presents 'The Melody Lingers On'

"The Melody Lingers On," honoring the work of legendary lyricist Irving Berlin, comes to Leonia on Friday.
"The Melody Lingers On," honoring the work of legendary lyricist Irving Berlin, comes to Leonia on Friday. Photo Credit: Players Guild of Leonia Facebook

LEONIA, N.J. -- The Players Guild of Leonia's "The Melody Lingers On: the Music of Irving Berlin" opens this Friday, May 6, for a three-weekend course.

The actors, singers, dancers and director are working hard, busily preparing, getting those final pieces in place for their audience.

"You're gonna want to sing along and tap your feet as you recognize and love song after song beautifully performed by our talented cast," a news release notes. "It's going to be a joyous, fun, singin', dancin', put a big smile on your face, musical celebration of one of America's greatest and most prolific songwriters and musical geniuses."

The narrative and revue is a celebration of the "familiar and glorious songs" of Irving Berlin. He lived for 101 years, and he wrote over 1,500 songs, including "White Christmas," "Happy Holiday" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Jerome Kern wrote that "Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music." For 50 years, Berlin's songs defined American popular music. ​

"From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from Hollywood to tours of duty throughout Europe and the Pacific, the story of Irving Berlin is the story of the American 20th century," the news release continued.

The performances are on Fridays through Sundays, May 6-22. On Fridays and Saturdays, the shows are at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, they're at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $24, or $20 for seniors and students. You can buy your tickets online, here, or leave a message at 201­-947­-9606.

The Players Guild also welcomes volunteers. "Even if you​'re not sure ​if ​you want to be on stage, we always need help with​ so many other tasks:​ costumes, lighting, sound, building sets, ushering. There are so many other behind the scenes ​jobs that need to be done." Volunteering also gets you into a show for free; email players.guild@yahoo.com.

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