"FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE THINKS- AND FEELS- WAY OUTSIDE THE BOX. MICHAEL JOHN LaCHIUSA, a GIFTED composer... has let melody and imagination lead him into altitudes where caged songbirds can soar!”
- The New York Times (CRITICS' PICK)
“With the TALENT ON DISPLAY and the track record of MICHAEL JOHN LaCHIUSA, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE is clearly a show ANY MUSICAL THEATER LOVER WILL WANT TO SEE.”
– The Huffington Post
“I DIDN’T WANT IT TO END. Staged with MESMERIZING DELICACY by KIRSTEN SANDERSON and CHASE BROCK, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE is EXTRAORDINARY! ABSOLUTELY ENCHANTING, MUSICALLY & DRAMATICALLY!”
“A WONDERFUL CAST of women—charismatic, vibrant, hugely talented. THEY COULD RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.”
– Time Out
“DEEPLY EMPATHETIC & WILDLY THEATRICAL!”
“ENCHANTS with an eclectic mix of post-Sondheim modernism, bluesy riffs and swingy styles that are very much LaCHIUSA’s own. IMAGINATIVELY directed by KIRSTEN SANDERSON. ”
A historical fantasia in four parts, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE follows Pat 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. Directed by Kirsten Sanderson (Under My Skin, First Lady Suite), this wholly captivating new 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.
Commissioned by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Artistic Director: Bill Rauch; Executive Director: Paul Nicholson)
FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE is made possible with the generous support of THE TED & MARY JO SHEN CHARITABLE FUND.
Pictured: Amy Carter in 1977 at the President's desk in the Oval Office, Bettmann/CORBIS