The cast of First Daughter Suite, which closed Nov. 22 at the Public Theater, was an embarrassment of riches: Alison Fraser, Rachel Bay Jones, Caissie Levy, Betsy Morgan, Mary Testa, and Barbara Walsh, among others. With performers like these, it's hard not to be blown away, but First Daughter Suite also happened to be a project worthy of their talents. With a book and score by the brilliant Michael John LaChiusa, it was a complex, often challenging look at the interior lives of the daughters of American presidents and their mothers. But for all the pathos on display — this is LaChiusa, after all — First Daughter Suite was also deeply funny. (Fraser was the standout, playing a boozy Betty Ford in one sequence and a chilly Nancy Reagan in another.) The musical's four segments, each of which focused on a different presidential era, varied wildly in terms of tone, which might lead some to criticize the show as unfocused. I didn't mind the dramatic shifts — after all, there's a huge chasm between the experiences of Tricia Nixon and Laura Bush. (The latter, of course, was a First Wife, but LaChiusa delved into her relationship with her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, in the musical's most powerful sequence.) It was weird, heady, and high-concept — all in the best way.