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First Ladies An Irresistible Topic For Stage

First ladies are often irresistible characters for plays and musicals

First ladies are often irresistible characters for plays and musicals. Here are a few examples of the distaff life at the White House as presented on stage:

"Eleanor: Her Secret Journey" — was Jean Stapleton's solo show on Eleanor Roosevelt, centering on the years following the death of FDR. Stapleton performed the show at Hartford Stage in the 2000s.

"The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" — Julie Harris won yet another Tony award playing Mary Todd Lincoln, even through the play had a short Broadway run in 1972. Leora Dana also won a Tony in a featured role in the James Prideaux play.

"Jackie: An American Life" — Margaret Colin (who stars in "The Second Mrs. Wilson") won a TheaterWorld award for playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the short-lived Broadway play by Gip Hoppe.

"Clinton: The Musical" — This production made its U.S. debut in New York City's New York Musical Theater Festival last summer and its now, revised, playing again in New York, with Hillary front and center. The show has a book by the Australian brothers Paul and Michael Hodge, and music and lyrics by Paul Hodge.

"First Lady Suite" — Mamie Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Jacqueline Kennedy are portrayed in a 1993 off-Broadway chamber musical by Michael John La Chiusa.

"1600 Pennsylvania Ave" — Many first ladies from 1800 to 1900, including Lucy Hayes and Julia Grant, were portrayed in the 1976 musical by Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner. It was a bomb but Patricia Routledge had a showstopper with "Duet for One (The First Lady of the Land)"

"Camp David" — Hallie Foote played Rosalynn Carter in the drama by Lawrence Wright that had a run last year at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Theatre.

"1776'' — The musical featured both Martha Jefferson and Abigail Adams, but before they became First Ladies. The same with the 1960 play by Dore Schary "Sunrise at Campobello," which depicted Eleanor Roosevelt and her family before her husband ran for the presidency.

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