From Gypsy to Road Show, Stephen Sondheim has used plenty of historical references in his body of work. He has also dropped the names of a few U.S. presidents in his lyrics as well; either to connect a character, or set a time period. What U.S. President is NOT mentioned in the lyric of a Sondheim song?
A. Ronald Reagan
B. Herbert Hoover
C. William McKinley
D. Abraham Lincoln
E. Millard Fillmore
F. Franklin Pierce
(Here’s a hint!) Scroll past Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael Cerveris singing “The Ballad of Booth” in Assassins on Broadway (2004):
E. Ronald Reagan, whose remarks are quoted in Jerome Weidman’s libretto for Assassins, is not mentioned in a Sondheim lyric. Did you guess Herbert Hoover? He is mentioned in “How I Saved Roosevelt”, and in Saturday Night’s “Montana Chem”. Fillmore, and his successor Pierce are mentioned in “Please Hello” from Pacific Overtures, while Lincoln and McKinley are mentioned in “The Ballad of Booth” and “The Ballad of Csolgosz” both from Assassins.