Shyre and Dos Passos have transformed the latter's classic novel about the first third of this century to the stage, retaining all the color, sentiment, and reality of the era. Here is the story of J. Ward Morehouse, born on the Fourth of July in 1901, who falls in love with a beautiful rich girl and works his way to the top of the heap. Interwoven are the headlines and the celebrities of the times: Ford, Rudolph Valentino, Eugene Debs, the Wright Brothers, Isadora Duncan, the Suffragettes, and all the rest. A striking panorama of an era that is simple in its conception and staging. Individual scenes of the cavalcade offer excellent material for both auditions and competitions.