2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1933)
In the sequel to OF THEE I SING, the administration is back with a vengeance in the Gershwin's spoof of political ideology.
Just when you thought it was safe to vote again,
Ira, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
serve up another helping of blistering political satire in this sequel to the unforgettable Of Thee I Sing.
As the Depression
rages on, President John P. Wintergreen loses his re-election campaign
and is reduced to running a modest clothing store with his wife Mary in
New York City. When the store goes bankrupt, he hits upon a way to
capitalize on the discontent of the American people by promising them a
revolution with each shirt sold. His business thrives and, with the
help of a revolutionary named Kruger, he retakes the White House by
Aiming its barbs at everything from totalitarianism to fashion shows, Let 'Em Eat Cake is a dark, cynical yet hilarious American operetta featuring one of the Gershwins’
most ambitious, forward-looking scores, making it a natural choice for
concert presentation. Perfect for politically-minded audiences, it’s
enjoyable as a sequel or on its own.
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Originally approached by legendary author/director George Abbott to pen the score for The Pajama Game, Frank Loesser turned it down, but recommended his two protégés Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the job.