Fun Fast Facts About Of Thee I Sing
About The Creators
What the Critics Wrote
Brooks Atkinson wrote in 1931:
The Pulitzer Committee wrote:
Of Thee I Sing is a Merry-Go-Round with charming ups and downs, laughter and more laughter, and a most glorious Gershwin musical score. It was the first Broadway musical to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1931.
And it's a delightfully surprising show. (Click here to meet the cast).
Certainly the music deserves to be heard, as it is glorious. How could it be otherwise? It was composed by the legendary George Gershwin, right as he was preparing his magnum opus, Porgy and Bess.
Maybe it's politics. Described as "War and Peace written for the Three Stooges," it pokes hysterical fun at the topic that gets people way too worked up.
John P. Wintergreen runs for President promising to marry the winner of a contest, but he then marries someone else instead! As a result, chaos - and impeachment proceedings - ensue.
How about this:
Yes, Of Thee I SING has a clear political message: Politics takes politics way too seriously. Let's laugh and SING!
As the New York Times, in 2006, wrote:
Of all the Gershwin musicals, this one is still the most successful (not counting George's next major work, Porgy and Bess). It had a successful Broadway run due to its politically oriented satire that never grows old.
The show combines elements of Gilbert and Sullivan with the fascinating rhythms of George Gershwin, the delightful lyrics of Ira and a Merry-Go-Round of a satire by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.
"This unique troupe performs musicals in English, so that one could close one's eyes and think they were on Broadway, and that the actors were Americans... This is an excellent performance of the crazuest of musicals!" Eli Eshed, Yekum Tarbut
"This production, currently touring Israel, is lively and nice, and faithful to the original show that conquered Broadway... A musical like this is very difficult to produce. This production, in the original language, is a ray of light in the world of theater." Haim Noy, TheMarker.com
"It was a wonderful show last evening. I enjoyed it thoroughly, as in through and through." T. Lynch, NY
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