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Music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
Principal cast includes: Jack Carson (John P. Wintergreen), Paul Hartman (Alexander Throttlebottom), Betty Oakes (Mary Turner), Lenore Lonergan (Diana Devereaux), Jonathan Lucas (Sam Jenkins), Joan Mann (Emily Benson), and Florenz Ames (French Ambassador).
Originally released on Capitol (350).
One of the greatest American musicals of all time,
Of Thee I Sing became the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama and was easily the longest running musical of the thirties. The fanciful tale of the fortunes of a fictional Presidential ticket (with songs by George & Ira Gershwin) sharply and deftly skewers the institutions of political
conventions and campaigns, beauty pageants, marriage, and foreign affairs, among others. When the show was revived in 1952, the brash, well-liked comedian Jack Carson starred alongside Paul Hartman. This recording, made by Capitol shortly after the opening, is a brilliant and extremely theatrical run-through of a classic Gershwin score. Songs include "Love is Sweeping the Country," "Who Cares," and "Mine."
Works on This Recording
Of Thee I Sing by George Gershwin
Jack Carson (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931; USA
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