5/26 Lance Luce, organist


BUY TICKETS: Tuesday, May 26 @ 7:30 p.m.

Lance Luce is an internationally acclaimed theatre organist.  He has
played hundreds of concerts all over the United States, Canada, England and Australia.

His concerts are praised for appealing to audiences of all ages, containing a wide variety of musical styles.

At age 18, Lance won 1st place honors in the Yamaha National Electone organ competition in California.  The next year
he was appointed the Head Staff Organist at Radio City Music Hall in New York, on the largest Wurlitzer ever built.

Lance has made many recordings, including being part of the famous
“Theatre Organ Greats – A Salute to Radio City Music Hall”  double LP.

For many years, Lance was the “Featured Entertainment”  at the
console of a theatre organ at several “Pizza Parlour” style restaurants.  Two in Michigan, and the highly successful “Organ Grinder Restaurant” in Toronto Canada, where he played for 8 years.

Lance began playing the theatre pipe organ at age 10 at the Royal Oak Theatre near his Michigan home.  By age 13 he was playing at that same theatre for intermissions.  During his teenage years he began playing the organ at a local church on Sundays, and performed countless times for area organ clubs and societies.

Lance is currently on the staff at the Fox Theatre, and is one of the organists at the Redford Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.  He continues to be a church organist, recording artist, and maintains a busy concert schedule.

IRP is very grateful to Lillian & Alfred Bricker for sponsoring the IRP annual spring concert.  IRP also wishes to thank Jim Evola, owner of Evola Music, for donating the use of the organ for the evening.

5/28 A Jew Grows in Brooklyn


BUY TICKETS: Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 7 pm

A smash hit in the heart of the Broadway, where it played for a more than a year and a half, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is an “engaging, poignant and hilarious” (Palm Beach Post) comedy musical about the search for identity and meaning. The highly acclaimed show chronicles the life of Jake Ehrenreich; a uniquely talented American born child of Holocaust survivors.

From the streets of Brooklyn and struggle with his family’s past, to the laughter and rebirth of Catskills summers, to his mother and sisters heartbreaking early Alzheimers disease, this “tour de force performance” (Las Vegas Journal Review) is “a delightful journey that speaks to anyone hoping to live out the American Dream” (ABC TV).

The New York Times raves A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is “funny, touching and beautiful… you don’t have to be Jewish or Brooklynish…Jake Ehrenreich is Dazzling!”  The Philadelphia Inquirer calls it “An uplifting treasure with universal appeal—in the same elevated company as Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, and Chaz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale.”brooklyn_postcard_noburst1

Through stories and comedy and music, performed with a live band and multi-media video and photos – including a classic Rock Medley (California Dreamin’, Secret Agent Man, Sunshine of Your Love), a multi-instrumental version of Louis Prima’s Sing, Sing, Sing, and even a selection of Yiddish songs – Jake mesmerizingly recreates his unforgettable journey of discovery and lessons learned. From the stoops of Brooklyn to Rock n’ Roll days–from the comedy and musical stages of the Catskills and Broadway to the bedsides of ailing parents and siblings, this show “has a glow all it’s own” (Chicago Tribune) and is“one of the most touching, soulful, and laugh out loud shows you’ll ever see!”   (Jazz FM 91).

Jake’s story is personal and universal at the same time, and has now spawned a book by the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Publishers A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, the Curious Reflections of a First Generation American (see Book page), a TV documentary (due out 2012) and a related feature film.