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Lil Abner

                    Music by Gene de Paul

                    Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

                    Book by Norman Panama & Melvin Frank

                    Produced by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank & Michael Kidd

                    Directed by Michael Kidd

                    Choreography by Michael Kidd

                    Based on Al Capp's creations

                    Opened November 15, 1956 at he St. James Theater, New York and ran for 693 Performances

                    Movie was made in 1959

                    Synopsis

                    Al Capp's world famous characters have been placed in an upbeat musical extravaganza. It is a

                    satisfying mixture of hillbilly nonsense and sharp, critical humor that appeals to the sophisticated

                    theatregoer as well as the child within us all.

                         The curtain opens on "A Typical Day" in Dogpatch, U.S.A. where the motley and lovable

                    characters who inhabit this burgh introduce themselves to the audience. There is the homely

                    Scragg family and Marryin' Sam, as well as Earthquake McGoon, Daisy Mae, Li'l Abner and

                    Mammy Yokum. It only takes a moment to see that leisure time is at the heart of the local

                    economy and drinking Kickapoo Joy Juice, fishing and the popular Sadie Hawkins Day Dance

                    are the favorite pastimes for Dogpatch's citizens.

                         What starts out as a calm day down at the fishing hole is quickly interrupted for Abner and

                    his friends when a "Cornpone Meetin'" is called in the town square by Senator Jack S.

                    Phogbound. This can mean one of two things-either an event of national importance has

                    occurred, or there's to be "a hideous change in the Dogpatch way of life." Sure enough, a change

                    is in the wind because the government has completed a study finding Dogpatch to be "the most

                    unnecessary, no-account" place in the whole country, thereby setting the stage for evacuation of

                    the town so that atomic testing can take place.

                         Consternation abounds among the townsfolk. If they are to be evacuated, Dogpatch's annual

                    Sadie Hawkins Day Dance will be cancelled. And that means that Daisy Mae won't have a

                    chance to catch her sweetheart Li'l Abner in what is the only way that boy can join girl in

                    Dogpatch. Oh no! A solution must be found-something that proves their town is a "necessary"

                    place after all. An extensive search ensues and Mammy finally comes up with the item to save

                   the town from extinction-it's the Yokumberry tonic which she has fed her muscle-bound son,

                    Abner, every day of his 'natcherel life. The potion is sped off to Washington for further testing,

                    and it looks like Dogpatch and its way of life will be saved.

                         The communal sigh of relief doesn't last long before things take another twist. It seems that

                    while Abner is interested in doing the "100% Red-Blooded American" thing, and will give his

                    potion to the U.S. of A., General Bullmoose wants to control the potion himself. If Abner won't

                    sell it to him, Bullmoose will get it some other way, namely in the form of his shapely girlfriend

                    Appasionata Von Climax. Suddenly Daisy Mae's future as Mrs. Abner Yokum looks grim, and

                    she and the rest of Dogpatch descend on Washington to save Abner from Bullmoose and

                    Appasionata.

                         The evening before the Yokumberry tonic is to be released as the cure-all for puny men who

                    want to be strong, a flaw is found in the formula. Abner's life is saved, but once again the town

                    of Dogpatch is in jeopardy. Isn't there anything that can be done to save it from becoming a

                    nuclear wasteland? Just as all seems lost, Jubilation T. Cornpone, Dogpatch's founder, saves the

                    day. It seems his statue was declared a "national shrine" by Abraham Lincoln, given all that

                    Cornpone had done in bringing down the Confederacy during the Civil War. The day is truly

                    saved: Abner can marry Daisy Mae and everyone settles down for a peaceful life of rustic

                    simplicity in Dogpatch, U.S.A.

                         Among the wonderful tunes included in LI'L ABNER are Abner and Daisy's gentle duet

                    Namely You, a dream ballad If I Had My Druthers, the hilarious showstopper Jubilation T.

                    Cornpone, General Bullmoose's Progress is the Root of All Evil, and the political satire The

                    Country's in the Very Best of Hands. The Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet and fine choral work also

                    contribute to making this a classic American musical.

                    Song List

                    Act I

                         Overture

                         A Typical Day

                         If I Had My Druthers

                         If I Had My Druthers (reprise)

                         Jubilation T. Cornpone

                         Jubilation T. Cornpone (encore)

                         Rag Off'n The Bush

                         Dogpatch Dance

                         Namely You

                         Unnecessary Town

                         What's Good For General Bullmoose

                         There's Room Enough For Us

                         The Country's In The Very Best Of Hands

                         The Country's In The Very Best Of Hands (encore)

                         Sadie Hawkins Ballet

                    Act II

                         Entr'acte

                         Oh, Happy Day

                         I'm Past My Prime

                         Love In A Home

                         Progress Is The Root Of All Evil

                         In Society

                         Progress Is The Root Of All Evil (reprise)

                         Put 'em Back

                         Namely You (reprise)

                         The Matrimonial Stomp

                         Put 'Em Back (reprise)

                         The Matrimonial Stomp (reprise)

                         Jubilation T. Cornpone (Finale)

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