First Daughter Suite
Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Tony Award©-nominee Michael John LaChiusa imagines the inner lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters with a funny and moving follow-up to his 1993 musical First Lady Suite. A historical fantasia in four parts, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE follows Patricia Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Rosalynn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura as they strive to live meaningful lives in the public eye, while dealing with the complex private relationships all of us face with our parents and children. This wholly captivating musical with a lush, sweeping score is a deeply felt new work about mothers, daughters and the surprising discoveries we make about one another as we grow. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission
Cast Size: Small (1-10). Vocal Demands: Moderate • Challenging. Dance Requirements: Minimal. Good For: College/University • Amateur/Community • Professional Theatre • Other.
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Drama Desk Awards (United States)December 31, 1969 — 6 nominations including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Book of a Musical, and Outstanding Orchestrations
Vocal Range of Characters:
AMY CARTER, twelve-years-old
SUSAN FORD, twenty-three-years-old
BETTY FORD, Susans mother, sixty-two-years-old
ROSALYNN CARTER, Amys mother, fifty-two-years-old
PATTI DAVIS, thirty-two-years-old
NANCY REAGAN, Pattis mother, sixty-five-years-old
ANITA CASTELO, Nancys maid, forty-five-years-old, Paraguayan
BAR (Barbara Bush), seventy-eight-years-old
ROBIN, her four-year-old---and fifty-four-years-old---daughter
LAURA BUSH , Moms daughter-in-law, fifty-seven-years-old
In the original New York production, the following roles were doubled:
Tricia Nixon/Susan Ford
Julie Nixon Eisenhower/Patti Davis
Hannah Nixon/Robin Bush
Rosalynn Carter/Laura Bush
Betty Ford/Nancy Reagan
FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE is composed of four segments set in the following locations:
The White House East Wing Sitting Room, Late afternoon, June 11, 1972.
The deck of the Presidential yacht. A nice Spring day, 1980.
Betsy Bloomingdales Holmby Hills home, California. November 1986. Poolside.
Near the ocean, Keenebunkport, Maine. A cold afternoon, October 11th, 2003