Tin Pan Alley Times
“They want and want and there is no end to their wanting. What they sing is the song of the people. Man will never arrive, man will always be on the way.” - Carl Sandburg
Imagine hobos and high society, bread lines and bathtub gin, suffragettes and flappers.
That was America in the 1920's and 1930's, and the music of the times reflected those extremes of wealth and political belief.
Take a ride with Michael J. Miles and virtuoso trumpeter David Young from “Hard Times” to “Easy Street” and from “Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime” to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” -- just a handful of the wonderful songs included in Tin Pan Alley Times.
This musical documentary for the stage features songs from America's greatest 20’s and 30’s songwriters, plus the words of some of her greatest poets and story-tellers. The show includes the music of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and Fats Waller -- framed by readings from the literature of the day including John Steinbeck and Langston Hughes.
Tin Pan Alley Times is a sophisticated and exciting performance experience with a substantial visual component: rear screen projections rich with imagery, photography and WPA murals that transport the audience to this extraordinary time and place.
With melodious voices, scintillating guitar and banjo, and soaring trumpet, Miles and Young combine their musical and theatrical expertise to bring this world to life.
"And don't forget folks, that's what you get folks, for makin' whoopee!" Gus Kahn
Full demo with literature & rear screen imagery.
Demo with songs only.