Of Thee I Sing
Louise Gold played the featured role of Diana Deavereaux at Barbican Cinema 1 on 18, 25 August, 1 and 8 September 1996
Louis Lippman/Wrestler - Simon Roberts
Francis X. Gilhooley - Harry Landis
Chambermaid - Fiona Dunn
Matthew Arnold Fulton - Frank Thornton
Senator Robert E Lyons - Phillip O'Brien
Senator Carver Jones - James Bree
Alexander Throttlebottem - Peter Jones
John P. Wintergreen - Henry Goodman
Jenkins - Edward Baker-Duly
Diana Devereaux - Louise Gold
Mary Turner - Nicola Fuljames
Miss Benson - Ashleigh Sendin
The Chief Justice - Robert Carlin
Tourist - Jason Nolan
Tourist - Stephen McCarthy
The Scrubwoman - Helen Duncan
Guide/Radio Announcer/Wrestler/The French Ambassador - James Vaughan
Senate Clerk - Stephen Fewell
Music - George Gershwin
Lyrics - Ira Gershwin
Book - George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Original Production – 26 December 1931, The Music Box
Musical Director - Mark Warman
Director/Producer - Ian Marshall-Fisher
Two years after it’s original production, Of Thee I Sing, had a successor show, called Let ‘Em Eat Cake, which followed the story of what happened to the central characters four years later. This also had a Gershwin score, and a book by George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.
Incidents like the 2000 US Presidential Election make one understand what possessed Kaufman and Ryskind et al to write musicals such as this one.
The Supreme Court judges had to sing a line “We’re the A.K’s who give the O.K’s”. It should perhaps be explained that “A.K.’s” is an abbreviation for the Yiddish phrase “Alte Kockers” meaning “Old Men” or “Old Fogy’s”, a reference to the fact that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had annoyed The Supreme Court immensely by referring to them as “Nine Old Men”, a fact which was used a great deal in Moss Hart, Richard Rogers and Lorenz’s Heart’s political musical I’d Rather Be Right. (Which The Lost Musicals gang performed in May 1999, with Kenneth Haigh as Roosevelt and James Vaughan as The Chief Justice)
Henry Goodman and Louise Gold had previously appeared together, in the politically motivated Assassins, and a radio production of Of Thee I Sing's successor, Let ‘Em Eat Cake (where instead of playing John P. Wintergreen, Henry Goodman played a malcontent named Kreuger). They went on to appear in the Sondheim musical Follies
Helen Duncan had previously appeared in Sondheim At The Barbican
Ashleigh Sendin, Louise Gold and James Vaughan had previously appeared together in The Lost Musicals production of: One Touch Of Venus (1992)
Louise Gold and James Vaughan had previously appeared together in Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production) , they went on to appear in: Panama Hattie were best cast together in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and teamed up again in Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production) (where their performance was very different to their one in this show). They also went on to appear together in the film Crush. James Vaughan also helped out on the film Muppet Treasure Island on which Louise Gold puppeteered.
Fiona Dunn went on to appear in: Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala
Edward Baker-Duly, and, Louise Gold have gone on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Henry Goodman has gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Edward Baker-Duly’s recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.
Louise Gold had peviously appeared in the gala Dear Ralph, in memory of a real life sort of relative of Napoleon’s (possibly even a real life distant cousin of the character Diana Deavereux).
Mark Warman has gone on to play the piano for Darling of The Day.