Mr. President - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage Oct. 19 & 20, 2012
Directed by Ron Daum. Ticket Prices: $20/all seats.
The Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the first offering in its third season, the musical Mr. President. Food, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.
The production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by Jeffrey Kauffman, will be performed for two nights only, Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM. The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production).
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
The Story: For his final Broadway score, Irving Berlin went straight to the top - the exalted office of President of the United States - to evoke the humanity within the First Family. President Stephen Decatur Henderson (David Sweeney) is en route to Russia when the proposed Soviet tour is canceled. Although a breach of protocol, he determines to land in Moscow nonetheless and the resulting humiliation costs him re-election. While his wife Nell (Margie Boulé) and two children are grateful to return home, the former President is not. He yearns to return to political life but when the offer of a Senate seat comes with compromising conditions attached, he turns it down. His love of country is primary though, and eventually he proudly returns to government at the behest of the new president.
Others in the cast include Morgan Mallory, Ecaterina Lynn, Matthew M. Brown, David Sargent and Stephanie Heuston.
Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Food and beverages are available to purchase before and during the show.
History of the Play:
After four previews, the Broadway production, directed by Joshua Logan and choreographed by Peter Gennaro, opened on October 20, 1962 at the St. James Theatre in New York where it ran for 265 performances. The cast included Robert Ryan, Nanette Fabray, Anita Gillette and Baayork Lee.
In a season dominated by hits like Oliver!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, critics found the show to be a bit old-fashioned and gave it lukewarm reviews. It ran, however, a respectable 265 performances, and proved to be Berlin's last musical.
The out-of-town premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, was attended by President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy. The first couple afterward congratulated Berlin on a hit.
In 1964, former President Harry S. Truman made an opening night cameo appearance in a production of the show at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. He left by ambulance at intermission due to an appendicitis attack.
In 2001, Gerard Alessandrini extensively revised the book and converted the plot into a spoof of the 2000 Presidential election debacle. After thirty previews, it opened on August 2, 2001 at the off-Broadway Douglas Fairbanks Theater but closed after ten performances.
Ron Daum, Director
Jeffrey Kauffman, Music Director
Margie Boule as Nell
David Sweeney as President Henderson