A madcap treatise on the follies of love, war and business, Strike Up the Band has an unusual history. Originally was written in 1927, by George S. Kaufman and George and Ira Gershwin, the show closed on the road (giving rise to Kaufman's comment that "satire is what closes on Saturday night"). The team resurrected it in a watered-down version in 1930, and this one was successful. 42nd Street Moon will be presenting the original 1927 version of the show.
The unlikely tale revolves around Horace J. Fletcher, proud owner of the Fletcher American Cheese Co. Outraged when Switzerland protests a tariff on imported cheese, he convinces the U.S. government to declare a war, financed by himself and dubbed "The Horace J. Fletcher Memorial War." When his daughter announces her love for Jim Townsend, a newspaperman who has publicly criticized both the war and the quality of milk going into his cheese, Fletcher drafts Townsend and sends him off to war.