Let 'Em Eat Cake


Let 'Em Eat Cake


Book by  George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music by  George Gershwin
Lyrics by  Ira Gershwin


Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated G

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,  George and 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 force!

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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The musical Grand Hotel began life as "At The Grand" produced on the West Coast in 1958. With some new songs, a new book and a new name, it took Broadway by storm in 1989, running for 1,018 performances.

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