Cathy Rigby and Fred Willard in Musical Comedy Li'l Abner
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Li’l Abner is a musical with a book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, music by Gene De Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
Based on the comic strip Li’l Abner by Al Capp, the show is, on the surface, a broad spoof of hillbillies but is also a pointed satire taking on any number of topics, ranging from an incompetent United States federal government to standards of masculinity.
The plot centers on two things: first, Dogpatch, the town that is the main setting of the comic strip, has been declared the “most unnecessary town” in the U.S. and is set to be turned into a nuclear testing site; second, the baby tonic that Abner has been fed all his life by his mother, Mammy Yokum, is discovered to be a potion that makes men strong and handsome, but also utterly uninterested in sex.
The town is ultimately saved when a plaque is discovered declaring that its local hero, the Confederate General Jubilation T. Cornpone was, by virtue of his incompetence, so instrumental in the defeat of his own army as to be a hero of the Republic.
This witty musical satire features the songs “Namely You,” “The Country’s in the Very Best of Hands” and the raucous, foot-stomping “Jubilation T. Cornpone.”
Starring Brandi Burkhardt, Eric Martsolf, Fred Willard and Cathy Rigby.
Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Based on Characters Created by Al Capp
Original Direction and Choreography by Michael Kidd
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene De Paul
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