Gershwin: Of Thee I Sing
Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. This Gershwin classic was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize. The all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, who runs on the Love Platform. He promises that if elected he will marry the winner of an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls for a campaign secretary (who bakes a mean corn muffin), trouble ensues. With politicians skewered right and left, Of Thee I Sing is a hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions and the perfect musical for a tumultuous election year.