Part of the San Francisco Symphony's June Festival "Of Thee I Sing: Yiddish Theater, Broadway, and the American Voice," the concerts will be directed by Broadway veteran Patricia Birch. The cast includes TV personality Mo Rocca as narrator Alexander Throttlebottom with Stephen Bogardus as John P. Wintergreen, Lisa Vroman as Mary Turner, Marin Mazzie as Diana Devereaux (and Trixie Flynn in Cake), Jason Danieley as Sam Jenkins (and Kruger in Cake), Lianne Marie Dobbs as Miss Benson, Kevin Chamberlin as the French Ambassador (and General Adam Snookfield in Cake) and Charles Dean as John P. Tweedledee. The concerts will feature the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas as well as the voices of the San Francisco Chorus. Show time is 8 PM.
Of Thee I Sing boasts a score by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. This satirical look at American politics was the first musical ever to win the Pulitzer Prize. Of Thee I Sing opened on Broadway in December 1931; Let 'Em Eat Cake, a sequel to Of Thee I Sing, premiered in October 1933.
Tickets for the concerts, priced $35-$107, are available by calling (415) 864-6000. Visit www.sfsymphony.org for more information.