The Verdict: Critics Review First Daughter Suite Musical at the Public Theater

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review First Daughter Suite Musical at the Public Theater
 
The Public Theater's world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's First Daughter Suite, a follow-up to the composer's 1993 musical First Lady Suite, officially opened Oct. 21 following previews that began at the Off-Broadway venue Oct. 6.
Theresa McCarthy, Mary Testa, and Rachel Bay Jones in <i>First Daughter Suite</i>
Theresa McCarthy, Mary Testa, and Rachel Bay Jones in First Daughter Suite Photo by Joan Marcus

A historical fantasia in four parts, First Daughter Suite follows Patricia Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Rosalynn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura as they navigate life in the public eye while striving to maintain complex private relationships. 

The cast comprises Alison Fraser (Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford); Rachel Bay Jones (Laura Bush, Rosalynn Carter); Caissie Levy (Patti Davis, Julie Nixon); Theresa McCarthy (Robin Bush, Hannah Nixon); Betsy Morgan (Tricia Nixon, Susan Ford); Isabel Santiago (Anita Castelo); Carly Tamer (Amy Carter); Mary Testa (Barbara Bush); and Barbara Walsh (Pat Nixon). Performances are currently scheduled through Nov. 15.

The critics are filing their reviews and Playbill.com will continue to update them for our readers.

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