Of Thee I Sing

First edition 1932

Musical with a score by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.

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First edition 1932

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Let 'Em Eat Cake

1933 Broadway musical with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.

1933 Broadway musical with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.

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It is the sequel to the Pulitzer prize-winning Of Thee I Sing and had the same producer, writers, and stars.

Gershwin in 1937 by Carl Van Vechten

George Gershwin

American pianist and composer, whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres.

American pianist and composer, whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres.

Gershwin in 1937 by Carl Van Vechten
George Gershwin, c. 1935.
Gershwin's mausoleum in Westchester Hills Cemetery
Birthday party honoring Maurice Ravel in New York City, March 8, 1928. From left: Oskar Fried; Éva Gauthier; Ravel at piano; Manoah Leide-Tedesco; and George Gershwin.
1973 U.S. commemorative stamp honoring Gershwin
George Gershwin and one of his oil paintings, 1931

1931's Of Thee I Sing became the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; the winners were George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, and Ira Gershwin.

George S. Kaufman in 1928

George S. Kaufman

American playwright, theater director and producer, humorist, and drama critic.

American playwright, theater director and producer, humorist, and drama critic.

George S. Kaufman in 1928
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart in 1937
The Front Page (1928)
Of Mice and Men (1937), with Wallace Ford and Broderick Crawford
Beatrice Kaufman in 1934

He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical Of Thee I Sing (with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin) in 1932, and won again in 1937 for the play You Can't Take It with You (with Moss Hart).

Ira Gershwin

American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs in the English language of the 20th century.

American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs in the English language of the 20th century.

Along with George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, he was a recipient of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Of Thee I Sing.

Obverse and reverse sides of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service gold medal, designed by Daniel Chester French in 1917

Pulitzer Prize for Drama

One of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music.

One of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music.

Obverse and reverse sides of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service gold medal, designed by Daniel Chester French in 1917

They are: George and Ira Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing (1932), Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (1950), Bock & Harnick's Fiorello! (1960), Frank Loesser's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1962), Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood, Jr., and Nicholas Dante's A Chorus Line (1976), Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George (1985), Jonathan Larson's Rent (1996), Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's Next to Normal (2010), Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton (2016), and Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop (2020).

Moore in 1918

Victor Moore

American actor of stage and screen, a major Broadway star from the late 1920s through the 1930s.

American actor of stage and screen, a major Broadway star from the late 1920s through the 1930s.

Moore in 1918
The Clown (1916)
Nutty Knitters (1917)
Moore in trailer for Louisiana Purchase (1941)

He went on to star in shows such as Oh, Kay! (1926) as Shorty McGee, Hold Everything! (1928) as Nosey Bartlett, Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing (1931) as Vice-president Alexander Throttlebottom, Let 'Em Eat Cake (1933), Cole Porter's Anything Goes (1934) as Moonface Martin, and Irving Berlin's Louisiana Purchase (1940) as Oliver P. Loganberry.

The 45th Street entrance as seen in October 2021

Imperial Theatre

Broadway theater at 249 West 45th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

Broadway theater at 249 West 45th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

The 45th Street entrance as seen in October 2021
Rear facade of the auditorium
Interior of the auditorium
Historical view (1924)
45th Street entrance
View of the exterior in 2012
The 45th Street entrance as seen in 2019, when the theater hosted Aint Too Proud

Two productions by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind were shown in 1933: Of Thee I Sing and Let 'Em Eat Cake.

Bottom, left to right: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, (top) Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin.

Morrie Ryskind

American dramatist, lyricist and writer of theatrical productions and motion pictures, who became a conservative political activist later in life.

American dramatist, lyricist and writer of theatrical productions and motion pictures, who became a conservative political activist later in life.

Bottom, left to right: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, (top) Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin.

In 1933, he earned the Pulitzer Prize (receiving the prize from the same Nicholas Murray Butler who had suspended him from Columbia University) for Drama for the Broadway production Of Thee I Sing, a musical written in collaboration with composer George Gershwin.

from the trailer for Best Foot Forward (1943)

William Gaxton

American star of vaudeville, film, and theatre.

American star of vaudeville, film, and theatre.

from the trailer for Best Foot Forward (1943)
Constance Carpenter and William Gaxton, principals of the original Broadway production of A Connecticut Yankee, on stage at the Vanderbilt Theatre during a mid-run rehearsal of the hit musical (1928). Producer Lew Fields is seen at right, in shirtsleeves.

He debuted on Broadway in the Music Box Revue on October 23, 1922 and later starred in Rodgers and Hart's A Connecticut Yankee (1927), singing "Thou Swell"; Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), singing "You Do Something to Me"; Of Thee I Sing (1931) with Victor Moore; Cole Porter's Anything Goes (1934), with Ethel Merman and Victor Moore; White Horse Inn (1936); Leave It to Me! (1938) with Victor Moore; Louisiana Purchase (1940); and Hollywood Pinafore (1945).

Showing the musical Dear Evan Hansen in 2019

Music Box Theatre

Broadway theater at 239 West 45th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

Broadway theater at 239 West 45th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

Showing the musical Dear Evan Hansen in 2019
Auditorium as seen from balcony level, looking toward the left-hand box
Box detail
Stair from the basement lounge to the foyer
View of the auditorium
Scaffolding over the entrance
Seen from the east
The marquee as seen in 2012

Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind collaborated in 1931 for Of Thee I Sing, the first Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, and Kaufman joined Edna Ferber the next year to produce Dinner at Eight, which ran 232 performances.