is a musical with the book by Jack Weinstock
and Willie Gilbert
, lyrics by Martin Charnin
, music by Mary Rodgers
, and additional lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim
. It had a brief run on Broadway
in 1963. The musical is a political satire.
A Peace Corps
volunteer in newly-independent Nigeria
, Marjorie Michelmore, caused a furor because she had written a postcard on October 13, 1961, describing the primitive living conditions there. Nigerians were indignant, and some accused the volunteers of being American
spies. This led to a public relations crisis for the fledgling Peace Corps.
began out-of-town try-outs on February 11, 1963 at the National Theater
, Washington, D.C.
, and on February 28 at the Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania.Suskin, Steven. The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations
(2009). Oxford University Press US, ISBN 0-19-530947-2, p. 432
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Majestic Theater
on April 19, 1963 and closed on May 25, 1963 after 43 performances and 5 previews. (Although reporting 5 "official" previews, according to The New York Times
, "the musical expects to run up 36 at the Majestic by the time it opens".Taubman, Howard. "In and Out Of... Read More