Will Rogers was a unique American who, though he died almost sixty years ago, remains a beloved figure remembered for his humor, his wisdom, and his plain common sense. At the heart of his populist philosophy was his most famous statement: "I never met a man I didn't like." Rogers became the biggest, most popular, and highest paid star of every existing medium of his time--stage, screen, radio, newspapers, and public appearances.
In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that he was the greatest star this country has ever produced. The musical is based on the life of Will Rogers, popular humorist and performer who died in a plane crash in 1935. His life is viewed through the (opulent) lens of the Ziegfeld Follies, which he often headlined in his heyday.