This classic musical is based on the Al Capp comic strip of 1934-1977, and is set in Dogpatch, a town that the government has declared “the most unnecessary, no-account place” in the country and must be evacuated so that atomic testing can take place. If the town is evacuated, then Dogpatch’s annual Sadie Hawkins Day Dance will be cancelled and Daisy Mae won’t have a chance to catch her sweetheart Li’l Abner. The citizens set out to find something about their town make it “necessary.” Mammy Yokum’s Yokumberry tonic is determined to be the solution and is sent to Washington for testing. It looks as if Dogpatch will be saved, but will the safety of the town last?

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