Original oil painting by Gary Olsen. Photo courtesy: Paul Hemmer
JOE SENT ME! An original musical comedy written by Don and Lauretta M. STRIBLING
with lyrics and music by Paul HEMMER
was set during the PROHIBITION
era. The production, with 1920s style tunes, poked fun at the Alphonse CAPONE
connection to Dubuque. Joe Sent Me!
ran for a month in Dubuque as well as two weeks at Theatre Americana in suburban Los Angeles, CA.
Hemmer completed work on a revival of Joe Sent Me! which was staged at The GRAND OPERA HOUSE in February 2007. For the full program, see http://www.dubuque.lib.ia.us/admin/DocumentView.aspx?DID=185 (PDF--1.76 MB).
A letter from Theatre Americana when they produced Joe Sent Me as winner of their new musical contest. Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer
Once Upon a Summer (Don Stribling seen singing). Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer
Gin Mill Jamboree. Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer
Production number "At the Pijou Picture Show." Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer
"Too Soon" (love ballad). Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer
"Joe Sent Me". Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer
"I Love Summer." Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer
"A Broad & A Fraud" (dance routine) Photo courtesy: Paul E. Hemmer