Second City's Rod Blagojevich Superstar to Move to Chicago Shakespeare

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The fallen governor of Illinois, accused of trying to sell Sen. Barack Obama's senate seat, is center-stage — at least as a target — in the new Second City musical show, Rod Blagojevich Superstar, to play Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare March 26-May 3.
Joey Bland and Lori McClain.
Joey Bland and Lori McClain.

Following a sold out run at Second City e.t.c., the limited engagement on Navy Pier "will feature new music and frequent updates — incorporating Blagojevich's brother, his $100,000 book deal and Roland Burriss' son — as the Illinois political saga continues to unfold." After each performance, the famed improv theatre troupe will improvise a 20-minute political comedy set based on audience suggestions. Superstar has book by Ed Furman, music and lyrics by T.J. Shanoff and direction by Matt Hovde.

The cast includes Joey Bland as Rod Blagojvich, Mike Bradecich as Richard Mell/Pat Fitzgerald, Lauren Dowden as Lisa Madigan, Lori McClain as Patti Blagojevich and Sam Richardsonas Senator Roland Burris.

The creative team also includes Boaz Reisman (music director) and Lisa McQueen (choreographer).

According to Second City notes, "Politics and parody take center stage Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare with the Second City's rollicking musical parody of the rise and fall of ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich. A faux tribute to the man who compares himself to Gandhi, King and Mandela, Rod Blagojevich Superstar presents the story of the former governor in the style of a '70s rock musical. Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been replaced by Rod and Patti Blagojevich, with appearances by Alderman Dick Mell, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Senator Roland Burris. The jury is still out on Blagojevich, but of the five other Illinois governors who have been charged with crimes, three have done time."

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