TENNESSEE REPERTORY THEATRE, 1996
Music: Mel Marvin
A dynamic musical comedy of politics, power, and persuasion. August 1920. The Tennessee legislature's upcoming
vote is the country's last chance to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Nashville is a
political hotbed and votes are for sale to the highest bidder. The suffragists and anti-suffs battle it out in
the midst of political graft, corruption and greed. Based on actual events, The Perfect 36 embodies the American
spirit with its music, wit, drama and romance.
"This musical celebrates the courage, tenacity and hard-core savvy of the American women,
and men, who risked so much in the battle for voting rights. Watching the show's final triumphant scene, as the
House chambers are flooded in a shower of yellow rose petals, one can't help feel proud."
[PRODUCTION/PRESS] Photos: Harry Butler