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Louisiana Purchase

Closed March 10, 2017

Irving Berlin's rarely performed musical makes a welcome return to the stage

Why See Louisiana Purchase?

Part of the musicals tonight season

Part of Theatre Row's Musicals Tonight season, this little-performed 1940 musical by the pen of legendary Broadway composer Irving Berlin and ballet choreography by George Balanchine makes a long-awaited return to the stage in February. A satirical look at the life and politics of Louisiana Governor Huey Long, it includes classic standards such as Sex Marches On; You're Lonely and I'm Lonely; Latins Know How; Outside of That I Love You and Fools Fall in Love.

Corruption abounds when an honest U.S. senator travels to Louisiana to look into the dealings of the famous Louisiana Purchase Company. However, the wily company lawyer tries to divert his attention with the appearance of two beautiful women, to comical effect! However, our trusty senator resists all temptation to indulge and successfully completes his mission, even marrying one of the ladies at the end! With a book by Morrie Ryskind, it was a mere year later adapted into a movie, directed by Irving Cummings!

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Opening night: 28 February 2017


Suitable for ages 10+

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission

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