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Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin*

*Additional Music for "In Our United State" written by Burton Lane

Adapted by Laurence Maslon from the libretti by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind


Saturday, October 20, 2012, 8pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
Marc Kudisch as John P. Wintergreen; Anne-Carolyn Bird as Mary Turner;
Lauren Worsham as Diana Devereaux; David Garrison in six comedic roles;
Steven Blier and Joseph Thalken, pianists; Directed by Laurence Maslon
The “lustrous” Anne-Carolyn Bird (Opera News) and Lauren Worsham, who “delights with her pure, warm tone and her agile comic delivery” (The New York Times), return just in time for election fever in Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington. Directed and adapted by Laurence Maslon, the evening gathers George and Ira's best satirical songs about politics—including “Of Thee I Sing," “Love is Sweeping the Country,” "Union Square," and “Strike Up the Band"—into a headline narrative about the trials and tribulations of presidential hopeful John P. Wintergreen, played by three-time Tony Award-nominee Marc Kudisch, whose “expressive gusto” and “robust, rich tone” have been praised by The New York Times. David Garrison, award-winning Broadway and television favorite, completes the zany troupe in a virtuoso performance of six comic roles. Conductor and composer Joseph Thalken provides duo-piano accompaniment with NYFOS artistic director Steven Blier. A distinguished member of the political news media will be the surprise guest narrator.

Performed without intermission; approx. 90 min
Complimentary wine reception with the artists to follow.

Additional Tour Performance:

Vocal Arts DC presents NYFOS

Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:30pm

Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts



Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington is funded, in part, by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.


NYFOS programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  The NYFOS Merkin Hall concert series is made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.