Ladies and gentlemen, NERO FIDDLED is proud to present BURNING BUSH: A Faith Based Musical -- September 15, 16, and 17 at 8:30 pm at the HERE Arts Center in New York City.
This breaking story is so exclusive to NERO FIDDLED that I even landed the first interview with the show's creator, Noah Diamond. I found Mr. Diamond to be gracious and humble. I asked him what audiences can expect from his latest production. "Well," he said, pausing to sign autographs for a frantic throng of beautiful liberals, "if you like the Bush administration, then you really won't like Burning Bush very much." Diamond, who is well over four feet tall, told me that rehearsals were to begin on Thursday. "Sisk and I have finished the script," he said, "and even some of the songs! We've assembled an unprecedented cast. Seriously, this specific combination of actors and actresses -- it's never happened before." He says it's the cast of last year's City Under Siege, plus one. There is also a special appearance by Max Fleming, as himself. Fleming, according to Diamond, "would be a legend, if that were his status."
Unfortunately, in the midst of our interview, Mr. Diamond was suddenly seized by the Secret Service. As they dragged the flailing satirist toward a large armored tank emblazoned with the letter "W," he shouted to me, "THE SHOW MUST GO ON!" So I took over.
Here's the description I wrote for SmartTix (where tickets will be available online in a few days):
|The musical comedy Karl Rove doesn't even know he doesn't want you to see!|
Once upon a time, there was a great democracy somewhere between Canada and Mexico. But at the dawn of the twenty-first century, it was hijacked by a crazed sociopath named George W. Bush. (He didn't just preside over the worst intelligence failure in American history -- he is the worst intelligence failure in American history.) This hilarious and incendiary political satire blends sketch comedy with musical theatre to tell the story of Resident Bush's life, and his unfortunate mark on our culture.
From Bush's childhood ("Father, I cannot tell the truth -- that tree illicitly sought to purchase the equipment needed to enrich uranium!"), to his devotion to his soul mate ("Honey, Karl would like a beer"), to his disastrous stolen presidency, it's all here -- with songs! The eclectic score features such imminent hits as "On the March," "Jesus's Jihad," and "Alberto Gonzales, You're Torturing Me!" Rounding out the cast of characters is a rogues gallery of Bush's friends (Dick "The Creature" Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, George H.W. Bush) and his enemies (the American people, the 9/11 Commission, Jesus Christ).
From the people who dared to bring you last year's Republican Convention satire City Under Siege, and the political blog Nero Fiddled, BURNING BUSH is the funniest musical ever to demand the impeachment of a terrorist dictator!
We did City Under Siege a few days before the election. But it was months after the convention we were skewering. I put this notice in the program:
|When we told people we were putting on a show about the Republican Convention, a lot of them asked why we'd chosen to satirize an event which ended a long time ago. We decided they had a point, so we abandoned the show we'd been rehearsing -- a scathing lampoon of the 1896 Republican Convention in St. Louis. "We should stay in tune with the times," one of us said, maybe. "Let’s do a show about the convention from this year." I was annoyed at first, because I had spent months crafting the funniest McKinley jokes ever written. But it was obvious that we should take this opportunity to focus on Bush, before we save the world by electing John Kerry the day after the day after tomorrow. Enjoy the show, and visit me at nerofiddled.blogspot.com.|
Of course, the optimism of those pre-election days now strikes a bittersweet note. On November 4, reeling from the excitement of the show and the horror of the election, Sisk and I glumly strolled around Manhattan with our dear friend, City Under Siege's Kim Moscaritolo. "Our next show," Kim said with a sigh, "should be COUNTRY Under Siege."
And that's exactly what it is. We're taking the advice of last year's program note, and focusing on Bush. We'll also be updating the script as we go, with topical material. As long as the demented manchild remains in office -- and unfortunately, I suspect he'll still be in office on September 15 -- his life and crimes will be relevant. For three nights on Sixth Avenue and Spring Street, I think they'll also be funny. There might even be a serious point or two.
This is what I really want to do, I've discovered fairly recently -- political musical comedy. I love this stuff. This show also has a kind of documentary feel; it's a live, satirical documentary. There's narration, news reports, and smoking guns. There are a few very broad sketches which make the regime look silly, but I think a lot of the show is quite substantive. I hope so, anyway. At the center of the storm is the main character, who let me tell you, we don't glorify.
I really am proud of the material, and excited beyond belief that rehearsals are starting.
On Wednesday, I'll be back with more of the delightful blogging you've come to expect. Over the next six weeks, I'll devote occasional entries to stories of the show and its progress. If you're interested, you can subscribe to the NERO FIDDLED mailing list for updates, and keep an eye on noahdiamond.com/burningbush. If you're going to be in New York City in September -- either because you live here, or because you traveled a great distance just to see BURNING BUSH -- it'll be an honor to share it with you.
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