NYFOS Opens Season With MR. GERSHWIN GOES TO WASHINGTON, Starring Marc Kudisch, David Garrison and More

NYFOS Opens Season With MR. GERSHWIN GOES TO WASHINGTON, Starring Marc Kudisch, David Garrison and More

The NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG opens its 2012-2013 season amidst election fever with a semi-staged political musical theater satire, MR. GERSHWIN GOES TO WASHINGTON, on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00PM at Merkin Concert Hall.

Directed and adapted by Laurence Maslon, the evening gathers George and Ira's best satirical songs about politics—including “Of Thee I Sing," “Love is Sweeping the Country,” "Union Square," and “Strike Up the Band"—into a headline narrative about the trials and tribulations of presidential hopeful John P. Wintergreen, played by three-time Tony Award-nominee Marc Kudisch.

Soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird plays Mary Turner, Wintergreen's devoted wife and aspiring first-lady-to-be; Lauren Worsham plays femme fatale Diana Devereaux; and portraying an array of six comic foils, David Garrison completes the zany troupe.

Conductor and composer Joseph Thalken teams up with NYFOS artistic director Steven Blier to form a dazzling piano duo. A distinguished member of the political news media hosts the evening as a surprise guest narrator.

A NYFOS On Tour encore performance will be presented by Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on Monday, October 22 at 7:30PM.

Subscriptions for the entire four concert Merkin Hall series are available for $140-$200, with more information available online at www.nyfos.org/subscriptions. Single tickets are available for $40-$55, with discount tickets available for students at $10, and a limited number of advanced purchase Real Deal tickets at $20. Every concert is accompanied by a post-show wine reception with the cast.



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