Don't think about the current POTUS, there's plenty more out there.
by Alex Syiek (Writer/Performer)
Happy President's Day everyone! As we enjoy this day off from our worries, and celebrate the greatest office in the world, remember, we don't have to respect our current president, when there are plenty of others in the past to look back fondly on. And many of them are in musicals! Yep, let's look at the greatest musical moments of the American presidency in our history!
1. 1776 (John Adams and Thomas Jefferson)
In our first example, we have two future presidents in one show! 1776 tells of the battle to draft the Declaration of Independence in balmy Philadelphia many moons ago. Here are the two soon to be Commander-in-Chiefs along with Ben Franklin from the movie of 1776.
2. Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (well, Andrew Jackson)
In one of my favorite musicals, the Jacksonator tears apart traditional American politics for his unique brand of populism to forge a new path for our country. Seems a little too on the nose in our current day and age, and I think the show could have run a lot longer had it opened this season. Rock out for a bit.
3. Assassins (Too Many to Count)
In another of my favorite musicals, presidential assassins (and wannabe assassins) interact with each other and the POTi they are known for slaying. In this clip, we see the American public react to hearing the news that their president has been shot. From the joint ACT/5th Avenue Theatre production.
4. Annie (FDR)
You didn't think I would forget that little orphan, didja?
5. Merrily We Roll Along (JFK)
And finally we end with one of my favorite numbers in Music Theatre. "Bobby and Jackie and Jack" from Merrily We Roll Along. An entire song about the Kennedy dynasty? Sign me up! This clip's from my alma mater, Baldwin Wallace (Feat. Ryan Hook, Anthony Sagaria, and Emily Prentice).
Happy President's Day!