MasterVoices | Ted Sperling, Conductor
A comic classic with satire that feels ripped from today’s headlines, Of Thee I Sing was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize when it debuted in 1931. With a tuneful and witty score by George and Ira Gershwin and a libretto by Kaufman and Ryskind, written during the time of their famed association with the Marx Brothers, MasterVoices’ production features Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Denée Benton (The Great Comet), Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Chuck Cooper (The Life), Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!), Fred Applegate (La Cage aux Folles), David Pittu (LoveMusik), and Mo Rocca (CBS Sunday Morning) in a tale of truth, justice, and corn muffins. Warning: no matter your political persuasion, it may remind you of some people you know!
MasterVoices’ Of Thee I Sing is recommended for ages 8 and up.
MasterVoices will also perform Of Thee I Sing at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Brookville, NY on November 4 at 8pm.
Of Thee I Sing
By George and Ira Gershwin
Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Concert Adaptation by Tommy Krasker
Bryce Pinkham (President John P. Wintergreen)
Denée Benton (Mary Turner)
Kevin Chamberlin (Vice President Alexander Throttlebottom)
Elizabeth Stanley (Diana Devereaux)
Chuck Cooper (Matthew Fulton)
Brad Oscar (Louis Lippman)
Fred Applegate (Francis X. Gilhooley)
David Pittu (French Ambassador)
Mo Rocca (Narrator)
Richard J. Miller, Jr., Esq. (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)
Anna Landy (Miss Benson)
Rhett Guter (Jenkins)
MasterVoices Chorus and Orchestra
Ted Sperling, Conductor and Director
Andrew Palermo, Musical Staging
Narration written by Joe Keenan