First Lady Suite

By Michael John LaChiusa

Wednesday - Saturday, October 7 - 10 @ 8 pm

Saturday - Sunday, October 10 - 11 @ 2 pm


"Bold, original ... daring ... unconventional." - The Buffalo News

This unique musical showcases the lives of four 20th-century First Ladies: Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Bes Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt. First Lady Suite takes a humorous and poignant look at their shared struggle to define the role of women in a changing world and each one’s search to define herself while living under the scrutiny of the public eye. Prepare to be entertained in a rare theatrical experience that includes original music by Michael John LaChiusa, reminiscent in style to George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Glass and William Finn. Features JMU musical theatre students. 

Adult language and content.

FIRST LADY SUITE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, Inc., New York.


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  • Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!