Wednesday, April 17, 2024

John McCain is Getting a Pre-Broadway Musical Workshop This Week, with Characters Including Trump’s Brain and “Karen”


I wish I were going to be in town this Thursday.

A new musical called “The Ghost of John McCain” will be workshopped, including characters like Trump’s Brain and “Karen.”

Sounds like fun. Here’s the press release:
A by-invitation-only industry reading of the provocative and zeitgeisty new musical The Ghost of John McCain will be held in New York on Thursday (1/11/24), it was announced today by producers Quixote Productions and Max Fose.

With a book by Scott Elmegreen and score by Drew Fornarola, The Ghost of John McCain offers a unique psychological exploration of power, rivalry, and the human condition.

Directed by Marya Mazor, the reading will feature a cast that includes Ken Marks as John McCain, Hudson Loverro as Donald Trump, Major Attaway as Donald Trump’s brain and Others, Ann Harada as Karen and Others, Andrew Polk as Lindsey Graham and Others, and Angie Schworer as Hillary Clinton and Others.

In Ghost of John McCain, the late Vietnam War hero-turned-senator awakens, horrified to find himself back in captivity, in the afterlife, inside the mind of Donald Trump. As a prisoner of Trump’s war to win the approval of an establishment that Trump both reveres and scorns, McCain must fight for his freedom by engaging in a high-stakes debate over life, legacy, and American values. As McCain navigates the surreal landscape within Trump’s consciousness, a “Greek Chorus” of iconic public figures, including Hillary Clinton, Roy Cohn, Eva Peron, Teddy Roosevelt, Robert Jordan, and Lindsey Graham, rebel against the President’s relentless demands for affirmation.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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