Satire and Scandal Highlight Blagojevich, Blagojevich!
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Rudy and his friends light up the stage in this exciting new musical adaptation of the holiday TV special that celebrates the misfit in all of us. From Rudolph, the reindeer who tries to hide his very shiny nose before he realizes he can save Santa's Christmas, to his pals Clarice, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and even the Abominable Snowman, this song-filled, large-scale extravaganza brings their unforgettable adventures to life. In addition to the classic title song by Johnny Marks, the original soundtrack boasts great tunes like "There's Always Tomorrow," "We're a Couple of Misfits," "Silver and Gold," "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and more. Learn More
Since receiving an autographed copy of Governor Blagojevich’s autobiography, playwright Michael K. Feinstein has been hooked on the larger than life story of Rod; and now, after years of following this story, Michael's interest has come to fruition with Blagojevich, Blagojevich!.Feinstein graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with degrees in Dramatic Writing and History. He wrote and directed his first short film, Shlomo Pussycat, in the summer of 2011, which was one of three short films worldwide to win the Award of Excellence at IndieFest and was also invited to screen at the 2012 Palm Springs ShortFest, Rhode Island International Film Festival and eight other festivals around the country.
Native Chicagoan Clayton Fox (Director) is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School; at the conclusion of his study he was awarded the Tisch Outstanding Achievement in Studio Award. He has directed Adam Bock's Swimming in the Shallows at Theatre for the New City (Adam and Cole Productions) and Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers at Atlantic Stage 2 (Subject to Change Theater Co.). In 2008 Clayton founded ensemble113 in Chicago and has produced four productions with them (including 2010's Reefer Madness: The Musical, which garnered the Highly Recommended rating from the Chicago Sun-Times).
The cast will be anchored around Darren Stephens (Second City's The People V. Friar Lawrence) as Rod, Franette Liebow (Steppenwolf's To Kill a Mockingbird) as Patti, and Eric Roach (Factory Theater Ensemble) as Elvis and Nixon; with supporting performances from Tony Papaleo as Rod’s lawyer Sam and Melanie Loren as Nancy, a young reporter from the Tribune. Designers include Team Starkid's Corey Lubowich (Scenic); Yonit Olshan (Costumes); and Mitch Ost (Lighting).