The Tin Pan Alley Rag
Irving Berlin | Maltz Jupiter Theatre & The Cleveland Playhouse
*Carbonell Nominee for Best Actor in a Musical
"Fred Berman as Berlin brings to life this role with his plucky, Yiddish-inflected ardor. He's a complete package: He sings, he dances, and he energizes."
--The Cleveland Free Times
“The casting of Berman as Berlin was perfect. He looks like him and has the right cocky attitude of a street-smart Jewish boy who had to scratch for every penny he earned.”
--The Jupiter Courier
“Berman presents a young, brash celebrity hiding deep pain and frustration of talent locked up by his own success.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Berlin is charmingly played by Fred Berman as a high-key, breezy little terrier of a man.”
“A charming and touching Fred Berman playing a boisterous determined Berlin.”
“Tin Pan Alley Rag is sheer magic. Fred Berman who portrays Irving Berlin, might never get away from this role – he is Berlin re-incarnated.”
--WJTW 100.3 FM
"Fred Berman is a shoo-in as Irving Berlin, the fast talking, Lower East Side son of Russian immigrants...In the song 'Yiddscher Nightengale,' Berman proves himself as accomplished a vocalist as he is a dramatic actor...he has most of the laugh lines and the more naturalistic dialogue...the short, small bodies Berman has a brash New York accent and a tongue of quicksilver. Both Berman and Jackson (as Joplin) do a fantastic job simulating playing the piano like keyboard virtuosos."
--The Cleveland Jewish News
"Berlin was played in a cheeky style by the short and funny Fred Berman."
--The Plain Dealer
"In the lead role, the multitalented Fred Berman is very much a brash New Yorker."
--The Cleveland Sun
"Berman is a Paul Reiser look-alike, who nicely softens the part with a series of affecting human touches. The actor can also spread some sunshine, as he does in his rollicking 'Simple Melody' - full of the composer's youthful ardor and melodic gifts."