Teddy & Alice
Teddy & Alice is a musical with a book by Jerome Alden, lyrics by Hal Hackady, and music adapted from the work of John Philip Sousa, with some new songs by Richard Kapp. In its very early stages, Alan Jay Lerner contributed material before he died.
|Teddy & Alice|
|Music||John Philip Sousa|
|Basis||Fictionalized account of the relationship between Teddy Roosevelt and his daughter, Alice|
The patriotic spectacle focuses on President Theodore Roosevelt's relationship with his feisty daughter during his reign in the White House. Stubbornly independent, Alice smokes, dresses provocatively, and speaks her mind about foreign policy issues in an era when modest young ladies are seen and not heard. Complications ensue when she begins a romantic relationship with considerably older Congressman Nicholas Longworth.
After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by John Driver and choreographed by Donald Saddler, opened on November 12, 1987 at the Minskoff Theatre, where it ran for 77 performances. The cast included Len Cariou, Beth Fowler, Ron Raines, Nancy Opel, and Karen Ziemba.
Teddy & Alice suggested Roosevelt's problems with his daughter Alice stemmed from an obsession with his late first wife. Neither the psychoanalysis nor the many familiar Sousa tunes combined with new lyrics scored with the critics or audiences. Frank Rich in The New York Times compared it to "a halftime show at a high-school football game" and chastised the producers for using Alan Jay Lerner's name: "If the show's creators had any respect for the dead, they would not give the defenseless Mr. Lerner partial artistic 'credit'" for such a bad show.