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

Doctor - Ian Duncan

The Scrubwoman - Helen Duncan

Guide/Radio Announcer/Wrestler/The French Ambassador - James Vaughan

Senate Clerk - Stephen Fewell

Tourist - Michaela Noakes


Production Team

Music - George Gershwin

Lyrics - Ira Gershwin

Book - George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind

Original Production – 26 December 1931, The Music Box Theatre, New York, with Grace Brinkley as Diana Devereaux

Musical Director - Mark Warman

Director/Producer - Ian Marshall-Fisher


For a full account/review of the show, please click here.

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

Louise Gold and Ashleigh Sendin had previously appeared together in Anything Goes, and the Lost Musicals production of Something For The Boys.

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

Louise Gold and Fiona Dunn have gone on to appear together in The Gondoliers and The Water Babies, at Chichester in 2003, during which time they also appeared in Final Chic Cabaret 2003.

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.


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