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  Rod Blagojevich Superstar! at Second City

Rod Blagojevich Superstar!

Second City
1616 N. Wells St Chicago

Rod Blagojevich Superstar! is a pastiche of 70’s rock operas, most notably the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber classic Jesus Christ Superstar. Except in this case, Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been replaced by Rod and Patti Blagojevich; and the apostles have turned into the likes of Roland Burris, Patrick Fitzgerald, Dick Mell and Lisa Madigan.

Thru - Apr 1, 2009

Tuesdays: 8:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm



Price: $14

Stage: e.t.c Stage

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 312-337-3992

www.secondcity.com



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  Rod Blagojevich Superstar! Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...In this hourlong, no-holds-barred spoof—a must-see for local political junkies and connoisseurs of that very special Illinois brand of ethical governance—the laughs unspool like wavy strands of thick, dark hair traveling through the infamous Blagojevich hairbrush."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...The references are savvy throughout, with mentions of "free dinners" at Gibsons Steakhouse, the dreariness of Springfield, the Anthony Rezko connection and even nutty flappings by a cardinal, the state bird of Illinois. A song called "Pay to Play" gets the full vaudeville treatment. But as we well know, a chorus line of stars from here, to Wall Street, to Washington, D.C., and back could easily be cast in that kind of production number."
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Hedy Weiss


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...this musical by Ed Furman (book) and T.J. Shanoff (music and lyrics) achieves preposterous grandiosity even by Blago standards, amplifying the already well-known highlights of his doomed career--the scrappy-son-of-immigrants backstory, the betrayal of mentor and father-in-law Dick Mell, the potty-mouthed wife, the revered hair brush--and setting them to a schmaltzy faux-Andrew Lloyd Webber score. Under Matt Hovde's snappy direction this inspired mix of wit, vulgarity, sophistication, and cheese is mean, biting, and hilarious."
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Justin Hayford


Examiner - Highly Recommended

"...It’s not easy, crafting an original comedy around a guy who is already a walking punch line. Truly, how many times can you make fun of Rod Blagojevich’s flowing raven tresses and mind-blowing Messiah complex before the jokes become stale? As it turns out, there’s still plenty of mileage in the disgraced former Illinois Governor. Or at least there is Second City’s musical version Blago’s life and twisted times. With Rod Blagojevich, Superstar, the man who would be Gandhi (and Jesus, and King) proves to be a comedic the gift that keeps on giving."
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Catey Sullivan


Copley News Service - Somewhat Recommended

"...Rod Blagojevich Superstar” may be a work in progress that will improve as the performers settle more comfortably into their roles and especially if the author and composer can upgrade the book and score. But the subject matter has a limited shelf life. Blagojevich is hot news right now, but will prospective audiences still care as much in a few weeks?"

Dan Zeff


Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...Rod Blagojevich Superstar! bares its fangs at the Blagojeviches, machine politics, and flower-child musical theatre. It may not chew ‘em up and spit ‘em out, but it’s got teeth. And keep an eye on Lori McClain, as you may be watching a star of tomorrow today."
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J. Scott Hill


Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...The 'scrappy' cast is a little rough around the edges but all is forgiven as the timeliness of this 'expiration dated' material demands that it hit the boards ASAP. And what the truly loveable ensemble lacks in singing chops and perfectly polished scenes, they more than make up for with enthusiasm, subtle charm and explosively hysterical comic timing. Lori McClain is particularly sidesplitting as Patti Blagojevich."

Venus Zarris



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