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 (a campaign secretary who bakes a mean corn muffin) instead of Diana Deveraux (the fairest flower of the South and winner of the pageant), trouble begins!
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 for concert presentation as full production.
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The original production of "Songs for a New World" at the WPA theatre was directed by Harold Prince’s daughter, Daisy.