Of Thee I Sing
is a musical comedy by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin, originally produced in 1931. Its general theme is a satire on U.S. party politics. It was the first musical ever to win the Pulitzer Prize.
Wintergreen is campaigning for President of the United States, but his party still has doubts that he can be elected without an issue to run on. "He even sounds
like a President," the party men assure each other, but their vice-presidential nominee, Alexander Throttlebottom, looks like nobody anybody knows. They arrange for Wintergreen to marry the winner of an Atlantic City Beauty Contest
; with love as his platform, he will surely win by a landslide. But Wintergreen falls in love with a secretary by the name of Mary Turner, who can make corn muffins. The winner of the contest, Diana Devereaux, is infuriated at Wintergreen's refusal to marry her. But her demands for justice are blocked by the Supreme Court, which presides over Wintergreen's inauguration and simultaneous wedding to Mary. The complications do not stop there, with President Wintergreen facing diplomatic threats from France and impeachment from his own party. The popular anxiety about the president, however, quickly turns away from the scandal Miss Devereaux when the First Lady announces she is expecting a baby. All the country is waiting to hear whether it is a boy or girl. Mary finally gives birth to twins, and Throttlebottom averts war with France by finding a constitutional solution.
The show had an unsuccessful sequel, Let 'Em Eat Cake
, which featured, among other items, a Union Square demonstration
, an army of blue-shirted revolutionaries, a baseball game
, a public execution, and a Fashion Show
, interspersed with more than a few routines lifted from the earlier show.
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