Opening to Broadway audiences at the Hudson Theatre on November 14, 1945, the play, “State of the Union” by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse chronicles the life of a fictional Republican presidential candidate. In the play, one of the characters picks up an edition of Who’s Who and remarks that the other character doesn’t look his age as listed in the book.
Lindsay and Crouse received the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play, which closed on September 13, 1947. The play was reprised at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., in 2006, and had a limited off-Broadway run at the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York. The play was adapted to screen by Frank Capra, premiering in 1948, and starred Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.