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Festival 56 will present 'I Love a Piano'

PRINCETON — Festival 56 will present “I Love a Piano,” running Nov. 16-18 at The Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton.

“I Love a Piano” is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with 69 of Irving Berlin's most beloved songs, including classics such as "Blue Skies," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Cheek to Cheek," "God Bless America" and, of course, "I Love a Piano."

Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, “I Love a Piano” is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had "no place in American music — he is American music."

Festival 56’s 2018 fall production is directed by Luke Brooks and made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

The Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton and is fully accessible with public parking nearby. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com, call 815-879-5656, email boxoffice@festival56.com or stop by the theater. The box office will be open from noon to 2 p.m., and one hour before performances. Tickets are $29, $26 (seniors 65 plus) and $14 (students). Beer, wine, soft drinks and treats are available for sale at the lobby bar. For further information, contact the box office at 815-879-5656.

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