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Gershwin, Off Thee I Sing

concert version

8:00pm May 13, 2017 Robbins Memorial Town Hall Auditorium

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Chorus pro Musica, under the direction of Jamie Kirsch, will present a concert version of George & Ira Gershwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, ‘Of Thee I Sing” featuring Margaret Rood, soprano; Christina English, mezzo-soprano; and David McFerrin, bass.

This all-American political satire set in Washington D.C. in the 1930s, focuses on the election, campaign, and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, whose party, lacking a viable platform, runs on love, promising that if elected he will marry the partner chosen for him at an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls in love with his campaign secretary instead of the contest winner, he finds himself embroiled in an international scandal.

The original Broadway production opened in 1931 and ran for 441 performances, and the following year, became the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times called it, “…one of the silliest and yet most sublime things on a New York stage right now.”  Some eight decades later, this hilarious portrayal of America’s highest office still provides non-partisan comic relief and the music, as our music director exclaims, “is a 10 out of 10!”

OF THEE I SING CONCERT VERSION is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied  by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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