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In 1975, several creative forces began to shape the original production of Sing, America, Sing. The show opened the Bicentennial season of The John F . Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It was initiated by Julius Rudel. the Center's former musical director, and it was presented by the Kennedy Center and The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Folksinger Oscar Brand wrote. directed, and performed in the production that starred Broadway's John Raitt. After completing its special engagement in September of last year. Sing, America, Sing appeared on national television in an excerpted, one-hour version. Music Theatre's production, the first. anywhere. since the original production, was made possible by the kind assistance of Dr. Joseph Grossman; Oscar and Karen Brand; George Pickow; David Nash, Director of Technical Operations of the Kennedy Center; and The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Publication Date

Summer 1976






Music Theatre


Theatre and Performance Studies



Fifteen years ago, founder Dan Rodden started Music Theatre on its first season. Today, some thirty productions and almost 300,000 patrons later, we begin our Bicentennial-Birthday Celebration. Sing, America. Sing says, "Happy Birthday America!" with 200 years of America's songs, dances and heroes. In 1963, our second season, we did seven sold-out performances of The Fantasticks. Since then. it has become the longest running show in the history of the American theatre. Our revival of the show says, "Happy Fifteenth Birthday, Music Theatre!" Many of our patrons have been with us since that first season of Carousel and Annie Get Your Gun. They have been with us through South Pacific, Camelot. Brigadoon. The Music Man. Bittersweet, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Pal Joey, and Cabaret. to name only a few. Old friends and new, join us in the celebration. We thank you for corning.

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Sing, America, Sing



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