Urinetown Vets Star in New Monica! The Musical, About a Certain Intern

News   Urinetown Vets Star in New Monica! The Musical, About a Certain Intern Monica Lewinsky, the only intern in the history of humankind to be universally known by her first name, is the subject of the long-in-development show Monica! The Musical, which will a limited run at Manhattan's Theatre Three May 20-27.
Megan Lawrence
Megan Lawrence

Directed by Casey Hushion, the new musical features book and lyrics by Daniel J. Blau and Tracie Potochnik, music by Adam Blau and musical direction by Nadia DiGiallonardo. Potochnik and the two Blau brothers have been dealing with Monica! The Musical almost as long as the world has had to contend with the real Monica, whose affair with Bill Clinton brought the world to a screeching halt and almost resulting in the toppling of a President. They began work in 1998. Staged readings have been presented by Manhattan Theatre Club and the New York Musical Theater Festival.

According to press materials, the musical asks the questions "Exactly how did something this ridiculous happen? And why did we care so much?" Assisting with the answer is a large corp of actors.

Christine DiGiallonardo plays the woman once routinely called a "portly pepperpot"—Monica. Megan Lawrence, the original Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown is Hillary Clinton and Duke LaFoon is her straying hubby, Bill. Eric LaJuan Summers (Aida) plays Clinton confidante Vernon Jordan, Roz Beauty Davis is Clinton's secretary Betty Currie, Natalie Joy Johnson portrays former Attorney General Janet Reno, Charlie Pollock (a Bobby Strong of Urinetown) is dogged independent prosecutor Ken Starr and Ron DeStefano plays Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos.

In an October 2003 reading, Donna Lynne Champlin played Reno and future Wicked star Shoshana Bean played Hillary.

For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.TheaterMania.com. Theatre Three is located at 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor. For more information visit www.monicathemusical.com.