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On July 4, 1942, Irving Berlin’s all-soldier musical This is the Army opened on Broadway before touring the US, making an Oscar-winning Hollywood film, playing the London Palladium, and visiting the front lines of World War II.

This Veterans Day, join Feinstein’s/54 Below, and an all-star Broadway cast, as we remember how this troupe of Broadway soldiers became the first racially integrated US Army unit, had openly gay soldiers who risked military prison, and avoided brushes with death as they brought their vaudeville show to the war’s most dangerous combat zones. This is the first time This Is the Army has been performed since its last performance at the end of World War II.

Featuring songs like “This is the Army, Mr. Jones,” “Ladies of the Chorus,” “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” and “God Bless America.”


Ally Bonino (NYIT production of Merrily We Roll Along)
Elijah Caldwell (Generations)
Andy Christopher (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story)
Tommy McDowell (Cabaret, American Idiot)
S.P. Monahan (Diva: Live from HellNibbler)
James Penca (The Artist and The Scientist )

Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Original Book by James McColl & Irving Berlin
Concert Book by Jason Ferguson
Based on “The Songwriter Goes to War” by Alan Anderson

Presented by special arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein

Directed and Produced by Jason Ferguson
Musical Direction by Daniel M. Lincoln

Past Performances

  • Sat, Nov 11 :9:30 pm
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