Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3f, 6m

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. 
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 6m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
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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  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


Mr. President takes place in Washington D.C. and various foreign locations.

Specific 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
Airfield Television Studios
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 


3f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
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


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Difficult
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: X-Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium
1. "Opening" - The Manager
2. "Let's Go Back To The Waltz" - Nell and Ensemble
3. "In Our Hide-Away" - Nell and Steve
4. "The First Lady" - Nell
5. "Meat And Potatoes" - Pat and Charley
6. "I've Got To Be Around" - Pat
7. "The Secret Service" - Leslie
8. "It Gets Lonely In The White House" - Steve
9. "Is He The Only Man In The World" - Nell and Leslie
10. "They Love Me" - Nell
11. "Pigtails And Freckles" - Pat and Leslie
12. "Don't Be Afraid Of Romance" - Youssein
13. "Laugh It Up" - Nell, Steve, Leslie and Larry
14. "Empty Pockets Filled With Love" - Pat and Leslie
15. "In Our Hide-Away (Reprise)" - Nell and Steve
16. "Glad To Be Home" - Nell and Ensemble
17. "Laugh It Up (Reprise)" - Nell and Steve
18. "You Need A Hobby" - Nell and Steve
19. "Don't Be Afraid Of Romance (Reprise)" - Youssein
20. "The Washington Twist" - Leslie and Dancers
21. "Pigtails And Freckles (Reprise)" - Pat
22. "The Only Dance I Know" - Princess Kyra
23. "Meat And Potatoes (Reprise)" - Pat
24. "Is He The Only Man In The World (Reprise)" - Leslie
25. "I'm Gonna Get Him" - Nell and Leslie
26. "This Is A Great Country" - Steve
27. "Finale" - Entire Company
Full Orchestration

Piano/Celeste (Wood Sticks on Pail, Claves, Japanese Claves, Optional Wooden Sticks on Coke Bottle)
Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Reed II (Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Reed III (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
Reed IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
Trumpet I&II (Trumpet I doubles Optional Claves, Optional Wooden Sticks on Coke Bottle)
Trumpet III (doubles Cow Bell)
Trombone I
Trombone II (Doubles Tom-Tom)
Violin A (Divisi)
Violin B (Divisi)
Viola (Divisi)
Cello (Divisi)
Trap Set
Temple Blocks
Finger Cymbals



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Full Package:
15 libretto
15 vocal book
1 Piano Conductor
1 Piano/Celeste
1 Reed I
1 Reed II
1 Reed III
1 Reed IV
1 Trumpet I&II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Harp
1 Guitar
1 Percussion
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only:

15 libretto
15 vocal book
1 Piano Conductor

1 Logo Pack

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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 dazzling...an exceedingly pleasant show."
Women's Wear Daily

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Irving Berlin

With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasts over 1,000 songs, Irving Berlin (1888-1989) epitomized Jerome Kern’s famous maxim that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” Berlin wrote scores to 13 Broadway musicals, contributed to seven rev ...

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Howard Lindsay

Howard Lindsay (1889-1968) was an actor, stage manager, director and playwright before teaming up with Russel Crouse. Lindsay and Crouse's partnership stands today as the longest collaboration of any writers in theatrical history, lasting for more than 28 years. The two men first joined forces in 1934, when the prod ...

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Russel Crouse

Russel Crouse (1893-1966) was a newspaperman, a press agent for the Theatre Guild, the author of several books and a librettist before partnering with Howard Lindsay. Lindsay and Crouse's partnership stands today as the longest collaboration of any writers in theatrical history, lasting for more than 28 years. The t ...

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