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Political drama unfolds with Lakewoods Mr. President Oct. 19, 20

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - David Sweeney plays President Stephen Henderson in 'Mr. President' at Lakewood Theatre Company on Oct. 19 and 20.Lakewood Theatre Company will present “Mr. President” Oct. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. as part of the Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musicals. “Mr. President” features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

This is Berlin’s final Broadway score, in which Berlin intended to evoke the humanity within the First Family. President Stephen Decatur Henderson (David Sweeney) is enroute to Russia when the proposed Soviet tour is canceled. Although a breech of protocol, he determines to land in Moscow anyway and the resulting humiliation costs him reelection. While his wife, Nell (Margie Boule), 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.

Others in the cast include Morgan Mallory, Ecaterina Lynn, Matthew M. Brown, David Sargent and Stephanie Heuston.

Tickets are $20 for all seats. The series of three musicals is available for a subscription price of $55. Contact the box office at 503-635-3901 or order online at Lakewood-center.org.



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