"Told through 16 musical parodies and dozens of costume changes, Bush Wars sinks its talons into everything from Dick Cheney literally in bed with the oil companies to the Supreme Court's 'right hand turn' and from 'Republican training school' to George W. in a soft shoe number with his bosom buddy, Jesus," according to production notes. "No one is spared during the 90 minutes of non-stop music and comedy. The musical takes a funny but insightful look at how America's current government has undermined The Geneva Convention, Science (Evolution and The Environment), Social Security, Personal Security, Religious Freedom, Personal Freedom, Pretzels, Government Secrets, The Courts, The Brain Dead and yes, Democracy itself!"
The show was created by Nancy Holson, writer/director of the "News in Revue" (www.newsinrevue.com), the perennial political/social revue at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts. It is co-directed and choreographed by her long time collaborator, Jay Falzone.
Jim Russek conceived this show and co-produces. He is a former national political organizer and 30 year veteran of Broadway and Off-Broadway advertising. The five-member company includes Jay Falzone, Jason Levinson, Andrea McCormick, Abigail Nessen and Chris Van Hoy.
Alexander Rovang is musical director and costumes are designed by Elizabeth Payne. Nancy Holson created "The News in Revue" in 1992 and the show has been performed continuously in various cities throughout the country. "The News in Revue" won five Emmy Awards for its series of PBS specials, two of which were for Holson's writing.
New York performances began downtown Jan. 12 at Collective: Unconscious, and played a limited engagement there before moving to the Village. This is not a Rattlestick production; it's housed in Rattlestick's home. Performances of Bush Wars continue at Rattlestick to April 17 with the following curtain times: Monday at 8 PM, Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees on Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
Rattlestick Theatre is at 224 Waverly Place, just off Seventh Avenue near the intersection of Waverly and Perry. All Tickets are $35 and available at SmartTix.com or by phone at (212) 868-4444.