First Lady Suite

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First Lady Suite is a chamber musical by Michael John LaChiusa. The musical contains four separate segments about four of the First Ladies of the United States of America and the people surrounding them. They are: Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Bess Truman, and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. It premiered Off-Broadway in 1993.

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The chamber musical was produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Public Theater from November 30, 1993 through December 26, 1993, running for 32 performances. Directed by Kirsten Sanderson, it featured Alice Playten (Lady Bird Johnson and Mamie Eisenhower), Debra Stricklin (Margaret Truman), Carolann Page (Eleanor Roosevelt), Maureen Moore (Amelia Earhart, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy), and David Wasson <!--this is correct--> (Bess Truman). The production received the Obie Award, Performance (Playten) and Special Citation (LaChiusa).Richards, David.The New York Times, December 16, 1993

The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, California, presented a revised version of the musical from March 7, 2002-April 14, 2002. Directed by Daniel Henning, the cast featured Gregory Jbara as Eisenhower, Kate Shindle as Amelia Earhart, and Paula Newsome as Marian Anderson.

A New York revival produced by Transport Group Theatre Company ran at The Connelly Theater in New York City from April 6, 2004 through April 17, 2004. This production received two Drama Desk Award...
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