Onstage: I Love a Piano

Northern Kentucky University's Commonwealth Theatre Company presents I Love A Piano, a revue that uses more than 60 of Berlin’s enduring and popular favorites. The clever plot of I Love A Piano focuses on a beloved, century-old piano that is headed for t

Jul 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I Love a Piano, presented by the Commonwealth Theatre Company at Northern Kentucky University, features the all-American music of Irving Berlin. Irving Berlin wrote tuneful, good-hearted and, well, all-American music. Some 65 of his tunes are in this revue at least in part. Despite his ethnic roots, this is a distinctly white-bread musical portrait of our nation, but a darn pleasant one for a summer evening. (The production is available in a dinner-theater mode.)

The show is built around an upright piano from 1910, the source of music from the first half of the century when Berlin’s songs were everywhere. Today many remain beloved melodies and lyrics that are the fabric of everyday life. From “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Blue Skies” to World War II hits like “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” and “God Bless America,” you’ll want to hum along, if not sing out loud. (“White Christmas” is represented, too.)

The Commonwealth Theatre Company’s cast of six is three lively couples who sing, dance and act — and occasionally over-act, although it’s never jarring. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through July 26. $15-$29.

Get details and read Rick Pender's review here.