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Of Thee I Sing - Full Length Musical, Satire/Political Satire

Of Thee I Sing

Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin, George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

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Full Length Musical, Satire/Political Satire

14m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573680373

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

Winner! 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
"A brisk musical comedy… There are lyrics done in Ira Gershwin's neatest style...Best of all, there is Mr. Gershwin's score. Whether it is satire, wit, doggerel or fantasy, Mr. Gershwin pours music out in full measure and in many voices. Although the book is lively, Mr. Gershwin is exuberant."  - New York Times

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Description

Full Length Musical

Satire/Political Satire

Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - 1930's. Washington DC.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Pulitzer, From Broadway

Winner! 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
The story follows John P. Wintergreen's campaign for President until his triumphant election on the slogan "Put Love In The White House." As the chairman explains. "What you need for an issue is something that everybody can get excited about and yet something that does not really make any difference." It is decided the candidate shall marry the winner of a beauty contest after proposing to her in every state. Wintergreen, however, falls in love with pretty and demure Mary Turner instead. Interwoven are the comic adventures of Alexander Throttlebottom, the new Vice President seeking recognition. Political and legal complications add to the merriment of the finale where the graybeards of the Supreme Court dance and sing their way through important decisions to one of the most absurd and delightful climaxes seen on Broadway. Revived at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

"A brisk musical comedy… There are lyrics done in Ira Gershwin's neatest style...Best of all, there is Mr. Gershwin's score. Whether it is satire, wit, doggerel or fantasy, Mr. Gershwin pours music out in full measure and in many voices. Although the book is lively, Mr. Gershwin is exuberant."  - New York Times
“…one of the silliest and yet most sublime things on a New York stage right now.” – New York Times
“…the musical is borne aloft on the buoyancy of George Gershwin's music and Ira Gershwin's intricate, often hilarious lyrics.” – New York Times

OF THEE I SING first appeared on Broadway at The Music Box Theater. Directed by George S. Kaufman.
Characters

CASTING

14m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

CHORUS SIZE

Large

LOUIS LIPPMAN
FRANCIS X. GILHOOLEY
MAID
MATTHEW ARNOLD FULTON
SENATOR ROBERT E. LYONS
SENATOR CARVER JONES
ALEXANDER THROTTLEBOTTOM
JOHN P. WINTERGREEN
SAM JENKINS
DIANA DEVEREAUX
MARY TURNER
MISS BENSON
VLADIMIR VIDOVITCH
THE CHIEF JUSTICE
THE SCRUBWOMAN
THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR
SENATE CLERK
GUIDE
PHOTOGRAPHERS, POLICEMEN, SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, SECRETARIES, SIGHTSEERS, NEWSPAPERMEN, SENATORS, FLUNKEYS, GUESTS, ETC.

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

20 Piano/Vocal Scores
Videos
  • Of Thee I Sing

Author(s)
George S.  Kaufman

George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a brief career as a ribbon salesman, he contributed to the satirical newspaper column of Franklin P. Adams (“F.P.A.”) in the New York Evening Mail; on Adams’ recommendation, he was given a column of his own in the Washington Times in 1912. While serving as a drama critic for The New York Times, he had his first success as a ... view full profile

Morrie Ryskind

A leading playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and director, Morrie Ryskind collaborated on a number of the most celebrated Broadway shows and films of the 1920s and ’30s. With George S. Kaufman he co-wrote the librettos for the stage version of Animal Crackers (1928) then wrote the screenplays for four Marx Brothers films: Cocoanuts (1929), Animal Crackers (1930), A Night at the Opera (1935) ... view full profile

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