2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1931) / Reconstructed
Love gets in the political way of a campaign for presidency; will it be true love or the oval office?
The celebrated authors of Strike Up The Band teamed with librettist
Morrie Ryskind for another no-holds-barred assault on the American way
of life in one
of the longest running shows of the 1930's and the first musical to
win the Pulitzer Prize.
This all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign
and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, whose party, lacking a viable
platform, runs on
love, promising that if elected he will marry the partner chosen for
him at an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls for Mary Turner
secretary who bakes a mean corn muffin) instead of Diana Deveraux
(the fairest flower of the South and winner of the pageant), trouble
With politicians skewered right and left (including a Vice President who
wanders the White House unrecognized by his own staff), Of Thee I Sing
is an hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions that is
as relevant as ever. (It even features its own
impeachment proceedings!) The extensive hit-filled score, one of the
George and Ira Gershwin's finest creations, makes the show as suitable
presentation as full production.
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The songs from Ernest in Love, the musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest, were written by Lee Pockriss; the same man who created "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini."