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Coming Soon: "Rod Blagojevich Superstar!"

Second City stages show based on embattled governor



    Coming Soon: "Rod Blagojevich Superstar!"
    Second City
    Rod Blagojevich Superstar! will open on the Second City e.t.c. stage on February 3.

    CHICAGO -- For comedy writers everywhere, the drama surrounding Illinois politics has been manna from heaven.

    With shows like "Between Barack and a Hard Place" and "America: All Better!," Chicago's Second City has been getting more than a few laughs out of local and national politics over the past year.

    Now they're at it again, with the Rod Blagojevich saga proving the latest fodder for laughs. "Rod Blagojevich Superstar!" will make its stage debut on the Second City e.t.c. stage (1608 North Wells in Piper's Alley, Chicago) in February.

    The production is similar to '70s rock operas, particularly the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber classic Jesus Christ Superstar. But in this case, Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been replaced by Rod and Patti Blagojevich and the apostles have turned into the likes of Roland Burris, Patrick Fitzgerald, Dick Mell and Lisa Madigan.

    Making Blago a Laughing Matter

    [CHI] Making Blago a Laughing Matter
    Chicago's Second City comedy troupe has found humor in the scandalous situation of Illinois politics.
    (Published Tuesday, July 28, 2009)

    "Rod Blagojevich Superstar! is what happens when talent and producers drink too much at the Second City holiday party, begin to brainstorm ideas and decide to write, compose and open a show in 2 weeks," a press release said.

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