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, 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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Irving Berlin never learned to read music or to write it. He hummed or sang his songs to a secretary, who wrote them down in musical notation.