By Andrew Gans
18 Sep 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Directed by Maslon, the cast will feature three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch as presidential hopeful John P. Wintergreen; Anne-Carolyn Bird as Mary Turner, Wintergreen's devoted wife and aspiring first-lady-to-be; Lauren Worsham as femme fatale Diana Devereaux; and in six comic roles, David Garrison.
The evening gathers George and Ira Gershwin's satirical songs about politics—including “Of Thee I Sing," “Love is Sweeping the Country,” "Union Square" and “Strike Up the Band"—into a "headline narrative about the trials and tribulations of presidential hopeful John P. Wintergreen," according to press notes.
Conductor and composer Joseph Thalken will team with NYFOS artistic director Steven Blier for a piano duo. A member of the political news media will host the evening as a surprise guest narrator. (A NYFOS On Tour encore performance will be presented by Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on Oct. 22 at 7:30 PM.)
The concert draws from the Gershwin brothers’ three political musicals (Strike Up the Band, Of Thee I Sing and Let ‘Em Eat Cake) that were originally written in collaboration with George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.