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FIRST LADY SUITE Book, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa Public Theatre Off-Broadway - 15 December, 1993 (15 perfs) opened March 9, 2002 at the Blank Theatre and enjoyed an extended run to April 28, 2002 Four chamber pieces, ranging from riotously funny to hauntingly lyrical focusing on celebrated first Ladies and the people surrounding them. SYNOPSIS The first piece, the staccato, yet. hauntingly lyrical Over Texas, takes place aboard Air Force One on November 22nd, 1963. Mary Gallagher the First Lady's personal secretary, and Evelyn Lincoln, personal secretary to, the President, are trying to relax as they fly into Dallas. Mary, exhausted by the lifestyle, is coaxed into napping by the cool, collected, Evelyn. Mary's dreams become portentous nightmares as they are haunted by a. ghostly Jackie and an eerie Lady Bird. The brassy, bouncy Where's Mamie? takes place in Ike and Mamie's bedroom at the White House, yet quickly turns into a time-travel fantasy as Mamie, melancholic and alone on her birthday, is paid a visit by Marian Anderson. Marian whisks Mamie off to Algiers to confront Ike about his affair with his driver, Kay Summersby, and warn him of the racial strife he'll face later in life as president. The comical Olio presents Margaret Truman at a recital trying her best to sing as she's constantly, hilariously, being upstaged by First Lady Bess. The final piece of the Suite, the melodic Eleanor Sleeps Here, is a heart rending examination of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as they're being flown over Washington by Amelia Earhart. MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Opening - Ensemble 2. Always something... - Mary Gallagher and Evelyn Lincoln 3. Over Texas - Mary 4. Ladies... Tea? - Aide, Mary, Evelyn 5. Four More Years - Mary, Evelyn 6. Caroline - Mary, Evelyn 7. Kitty Cat Nap - Jacqueline, Mary, Lady Bird Johnson 8. The Smallest Thing - Jacqueline, Mary 9. What what? - Mary, Evelyn 10. This Is What We Are - Evelyn, Mary 11. Mary Gallagher, you're needed - Aide, Mary, Evelyn 12. This is the worst birthday... - Mamie 13. Where's Mamie? - Mamie 14. My Husband Was an Army Man - Mamie 15. Melba, Gloria - Marian Anderson, Mamie 16. To Algiers - Mamie, Marian 17. Algiers - Mamie, Marian, Ike, Ike's Chauffeur 18. Kidnapping - Mamie, Marian, Chauffeur, Ike 19. Old Rules Are Old Rules - Mamie, Ike 20. Tomorrow I Will Love You More - Ike, Mamie, Marian, Chauffeur