Mr. President
Mr. President
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin | Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
For his final Broadway score, Irving Berlin went straight to the top-the exalted office of President of the United States-to evoke the humanity within the First Family. President Stephen Decatur Henderson is en route to Russia when the proposed Soviet tour is canceled. Although a breach of protocol, he determines to land in Moscow nonetheless and the resulting humiliation costs him re-election. While his wife and two children are grateful to return home, the former President is not. He yearns to return to political life but when the offer of a Senate seat comes with compromising conditions attached, he turns it down. His love of country is primary though, and eventually he proudly returns to government at the behest of the new president.
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On Friday April 6, Oxford University Press will release two new books on the life and work of Irving Berlin to join a growing library of volumes on America's most prolific songwriter. read more

Even though Irving Berlin's century - plus life's work included the scores to 17 Broadway shows, only five of his musicals have been available for production - until now... read more

Trivia for Mr. President

In 1962, MR. PRESIDENT opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway where it ran for 265 performances.
In 1889 book writer Howard Lindsay was born. Lindsay became best known for writing the books to THE SOUND OF MUSIC, CALL ME MADAM, MR. PRESIDENT, and ANYTHING GOES.
In 1963 MR. PRESIDENT closed on Broadway after a run of 265 performances and three Tony Award nominations.

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"The Berlin score contains sweetness, romantic lilt and rhythmic buoyancy." — The New York Times
"A sheaf of tuneful melodies from the doyen of the songwriting profession...full of heart, sentimentality and patriotic fervor...production numbers that are exceedingly pleasant show." — Women's Wear Daily, January 01, 2001

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Awards for Mr. President

Tony Awards

January 01, 1963 — 1 Award for Best Stage Technician (Solly Pernick)2 Nominations including Best Actress (Musical) and Best Conductor and Musical Director

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Rental Materials for Mr. President


  • Mr President LIB/VB 10-Pack (10 Libretti, 10 Vocal)
    • 10 – Libretto
    • 10 – Vocal Book
  • MR. PRESIDENT - Orchestration Package (18 Books/22 Players)
    • 1 – Piano Conductor Scores
    • 1 – PIANO/CELESTE (Piano Conductor Score)
    • 1 – REED I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    • 1 – REED II (Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    • 1 – REED III (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    • 1 – REED IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    • 1 – TRUMPET I-II
    • 1 – TRUMPET III (doubles Cow Bell)
    • 1 – TROMBONE I
    • 1 – TROMBONE II (Doubles Tom-Tom)
    • 1 – VIOLIN A (Divisi)
    • 1 – VIOLIN B (Divisi)
    • 1 – VIOLA (Divisi)
    • 1 – CELLO (Divisi)
    • 1 – BASS
    • 1 – HARP
    • 1 – GUITAR
    • 1 – Percussion
  • Rehearsal Set ( Books)
    • 20 – Libretto
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 20 – Vocal Book
    • 2 – Piano Conductor Scores
    • Digital Logo


    • 1 – Libretto
    • 1 – Piano Conductor Scores

Cast Requirements for Mr. President

2 Women
3 Men

1 Woman
3 Men

Large singing-dancing ensemble with several small roles

President Stephen Decatur Henderson
Nell Henderson - his wife
Leslie Henderson - his daughter
Larry Henderson - his son
Walter O'Connor - a Secretary in the Cabinet
David Caldwell
Youssein Davair
Tippy Taylor - a secretary
Pat Gregory - of the Secret Service
Charley Wayne - of the Secret Service
Princess Kyra
A Russian Soldier
Arthur Blanchard
Colonel Wilson - a pilot of the President's plane
Mrs. Lotta Pendleton
George Perkins
Mr. Thomas
Snow Queen
Radio Operator
Ali Hassoud
First Commentator
Second Commentator
A Workman
Miss Barnes
The Deacon
A Cashier
Sergeant Stone - of the State Police
Chester Kincaid
Betty Chandler
A Spieler
Governor Harmon Bardahl

Set Requirements for Mr. President

MR. PRESIDENT takes place in Washington D.C. and various foreign locations.

Oval Room at the White House
Private Sitting Room in the White House
Lawn Party in Chevy Chase
President's Bedroom
President's Office
The Trip
The President's Plane
A Street in the Middle East
Youssein's Apartment
The President's Plane
Television Studios
Private Sitting Room in the White House
An Office in the White House
President's Office
A Street in Mansfield
Living Room of the Henderson Home
Anteroom in the White House
Judging Pavillion of the Tioga County Fair
Midway of the Fair
Another Part of the Fair
Living Room of the Henderson Home

Materials Notes

PIANO-CONDUCTOR NOTE: doubles Wood Sticks on Pail, Claves, Japanese Claves, Optional Wooden Sticks on Coke Bottle
TRUMPET I-II NOTE: Trumpet I doubles Optional Claves, Optional Wooden Sticks on Coke Bottle; Trumpet II doubles Cow Bell
Trap Set, Timpani, Bells, Wood Block, Temple Blocks, Gong, Finger Cymbals, Bongos, Ratchet, Triangle, Whistle, Cow Bell

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Oxford University Press Releases Two New Books on Irving Berlin
On Friday April 6, Oxford University Press will release two new books on the life and work of Irving Berlin to join a growing library of volumes on America's most prolific songwriter. Read More
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Even though Irving Berlin's century - plus life's work included the scores to 17 Broadway shows, only five of his musicals have been available for production - until now...

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