The Oct. 14 performance of the Gershwin musical — now playing the New Jersey theatre through Oct. 17 — will be preserved for the Library's archives. The filming of the musical, which stars Ron Bohmer as John P. Wintergreen, is being funded by The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Philanthropic Fund.
Of Thee I Sing marks the latest Paper Mill production to be preserved by Theatre on Film and Tape. Other Paper Mill shows that reside at TOFT include Funny Girl, Mame, Follies, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Fanny, Show Boat, Sayonara, Inherit the Wind and No, No Nanette.
Bohmer, who was recently seen Off-Broadway in The Thing About Men, is joined onstage in Of Thee I Sing by Wally Dunn as Alexander Throttlebottom as well as Garrett Long (Mary Turner), Sarah Knowlton (Diana Devereaux), Fred Berman (French Ambassador), Hal Blankenship (Senator Lyons), Nick Corley (Francis X. Gilhooley), Adam Grupper (Louis Lippman), JoAnn M. Hunter (Emily Benson), Herndon Lackey (Senator Jones) and Richard Poe (Matthew Arnold Fulton).
Directed by Tina Landau with choreography by Joey Pizzi and music direction by Tom Helm, the Of Thee I Singcompany comprises Laurena Barros, Leanne Bowman, Kevin Burrows, Don Daniels, Jeremy Davis, Kellie Drinkhahn, Stacey Harris, Joshua Phillip Huff, Julia Krohn, Matthew La Banca, Lauren Marshall, Garrett Miller, Laurie-Beth Mraz, Sean Palmer, Dale Radunz, Nina Ragaz, Greg Roderick, David Sattler, Lindsay Marie Thomas, Ben West and Jessica Wright.
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. The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. Call (973) 376-4343 for more information or visit www.papermill.org.