Thursday, October 13, 2016
Gershwin series part four: Political Musicals
Life has gotten busy and blog posts have fallen behind.
The election season has reminded us all that "Nobody's Got No Class."
So here is a quick sketch of the political satires of George and Ira Gershwin. I've covered politically themed musicals in the past but there are many more.
Strike Up the Band deals with a war motivated by corporate greed.
Of Thee I Sing deals with a Presidential candidate drawing international outrage when he mistreats a beauty pageant contestant.
In an earlier post I looked at the sequel, Let Them Eat Cake, in which that same candidate, now President, has his fascist proposals undermined by women voters.
Make of this what you will.