Li’l Abner

An original musical comedy by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
Based on characters created by Al Capp.
Lyrics and Music by Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul.


Daisy Mae is bent on capturing L’il Abner for herself on the next Sadie Hawkins Day when the women make the running. However, things are not quite as simple as that. Daisy Mae has a rival for Abner’s affections, Appassionata von Climax. She has engaged a professional aide to help her win the race. It is Evil Eye Fleagle who produces his own distraction for the men, Stupefyin’ Jones. But, a cloud hangs over Dogpatch. The US Government want to use the town where they all live as a site for atomic bomb experiments. Dogpatch was chosen as nothing important or historical ever took place there.

The men-folk are taken away from the town for scientific experiments to make them handsome but they become completely uninterested in the opposite sex.

Eventually, the men are restored to their former selves, ugly but potent. Marryin’ Sam meanwhile has unearthed some salient facts about the founder of the town, the sensible but cowardly Jubilation T. Cornpone, with a catalogue of his civil war disasters. This historical reference means the town can be saved and even though the Sadie Hawkins Day race doesn’t turn out quite as planned (Earthquake McGoon catches Daisy and Appassionata von Climax gets Abner) by the end of the show Abner and Daisy Mae are married to each other, the ceremony being performed, of course, by Marryin’ Sam.



The Country’s In the Very Best Of Hands

If I Had My Druthers

I’m Past My Prime

It’s A Typical Day

Jubilation T. Cornpone

Love In A Home

Namely You

Oh Happy Day

Progress Is the Root Of All Evil

Put ‘Em Back

Rag Offen the Bush

There’s Room Enough For Us

Unnecessary Town

The Way To A Man’s Heart

What’s Good For General Bullmoose (Is Good Enough For the USA)

Canta perecimus perpaucis tamdiu instructa ut omnia conficere possemus nihilo tandem deducta.
"We have done so much with so little for so long, we can now do anything with nothing."