Following a February 26 digital release, the cast album for the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's First Daughter Suite, a follow-up to the composer's 1993 musical First Lady Suite, is available April 1 from Ghostlight Records.
First Daughter Suite opened October 21, 2015 at the Public Theater following previews that began October 6. Kirsten Sanderson directed the production.
The cast comprises of 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).
Caissie Levy, Barbara Walsh, Rachel Bay Jones, Alison Fraser Move Into the White House in LaChiusa Follow-Up First Daughter Suite
A historical fantasia in four parts, First Daughter Suite, according to press notes, “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 strive to live meaningful lives in the public eye, while dealing with the complex private relationships all of us face with our parents and children.“