Garber, Mays, Thompson to Star in Encores! Of Thee I Sing May 11-15

News   Garber, Mays, Thompson to Star in Encores! Of Thee I Sing May 11-15
Tony-winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife) and Urinetown and Wicked star Jennifer Laura Thompson will star alongside Victor Garber in the New York City Center Encores! staging of George and Ira Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing.
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Garber, a Broadway veteran and star of the television series "Alias," will play John P. Wintergreen, the National Party's candidate for President of the United States, in the political satire. Mays will play Vice President Throttlebottom, and Jennifer Laura Thompson is Mary Turner. John Rando directs, with music direction by Paul Gemignani.

Dates are May 11-15.

The cast also includes Jonathan Freeman (Senator Lyons), Erick Devine (Senator Jones), Michael Mulheren (Fulton), Lewis J. Stadlen (Lippman), David Pittu (the French Ambassador), Wayne Duvall (Gilhoohey), Jeffry Denman (Sam Jenkins) as well as Eric Michael Gillett, Holly Holcomb, Todd A. Horman, Fred Inkley, Jay Lusteck, Ian Knauer, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Marcus Nance, Nina Negri, Greg Stone and Jacqueline Thompson. The role of Diana Devereaux is still to be cast.

Of Thee I Sing, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, and book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, opened on Broadway in 1931, and was the first Broadway musical to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play opens in an election year, as the National Party campaigns for their presidential nominee, John P. Wintergreen, running on a platform based on love. The score includes "Love Is Sweeping the Country," "Who Cares" and "Of Thee I Sing (Baby)."

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