University of Michigan Professor Pens Presidential Musical Comedy

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The movie musical satirizing the presidential campaign gets world premiere.
Cara AnnMarie and Jacléne Wilk in Liberty’s Secret Key Art by Amanda Dine

Liberty’s Secret, a new musical comedy film by award-winning composer, filmmaker and professor Andy Kirshner will premiere September 22 at Michigan Theater prior to screenings at upcoming film festivals in the U.S. and Germany, and a DVD release.

Kirshner is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Stamps School of Art and Design.

Before Donald Trump was a presidential nominee, he was the fascination of Kirshner. Back in his Apprentice days, Trump sparked a curiosity about the “science of political image-making” and “the song and dance of modern American politics.”

Eight years in the making, Liberty’s Secret is a movie musical by Kirshner telling the story of Liberty Smith, the daughter of a family values preacher who is the face of a conservative presidential campaign. But Smith falls in love with her female spin-doctor and the fallout is politically disastrous.

Kirshner wrote the book and music for the film, while also producing and directing. The movie was shot on the University of Michigan campus and stars SMTD graduate Cara AnnMarie and Jacléne Wilk. Kirshner also has a role in the film: Rolf Schnitzel, a celebrity-journalist. Debbie Williams choreographs.

The special Ann Arbor screening is sponsored by the Stamps School of Art and Design; School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Spectrum Center; Institute for the Humanities, School of Information, and the Department of Performing Arts and Technology.

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