The Irish & How They got that way

March 24 – 26, 2023

Main stage

Written by Frank McCourt
Directed by John Cox

About the show

Written in 1997 by Frank McCourt, The Irish… and How They Got That Way highlights traditional Irish through humorous and confident song, dance and storytelling of Irish history — including research by McCourt on how they were used and poorly viewed by the English. 

The second special event show of the season was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt, The Irish…and How They Got That Way celebrates a heritage that confronts adversity with determination and good humor while recognizing the injustices suffered by the Irish both in Ireland and in America. Drawing from McCourt’s personal experience, the story is told through his unique humor and a blend of traditional songs, show tunes, and pop classics – from “Danny Boy” to U2.


Tickets may be purchased in-person at the DeYor Performing Arts Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.

Ticket sales will be available 1 hour prior to performances at The Youngstown Playhouse.

Online ticket sales will close two hours prior to doors opening on the event date.

*Not Flex Pass Eligible 



John Cox (Director)
Caitlyn Santiago (Stage Manager)
Johnny Pecano (Sound and Set Design)
Leslie Brown (Lighting Design)
Jan Crews (Musical Director)


Amanda Beagle
Jackie Collins
John Cruz
Craig Petrie
Ben El-Dalti