A musical spoof of the Clinton years

Updated: 2014-07-28 20:38

By Daniel M. Gold in New York (China Daily/Agencies)

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A musical spoof of the Clinton years
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The folks behind Clinton: The Musical are said to have invited the former first couple to attend a performance of what is coyly called a spoof of their eight years in the White House. Note to the box office: They're not likely to show up at the will-call window.

Nor, for that matter, are Newt Gingrich or Dick Morris, Monica Lewinsky or Kenneth Starr. Especially Starr.

Written by Paul and Michael Hodge, brothers from Australia, Clinton was first presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe two years ago and then had a run in London.

Now part of the New York Musical Theater Festival, the show reduces the Clinton years to a stew of sex farce and hypocrisy, in keeping with the timeworn theme that politics is just show business for ugly people.

Clinton: The Musical is an equal-opportunity defamer: The president is both a policy-driven technocrat and sax-playing hound dog, so conflicted that he is portrayed by two actors; the first lady is a pants-suited force of her own, a senator in waiting. Even before they fight to save their legacy after the president's affair with an amorous Lewinsky, they must battle a power-mad Gingrich, a kinky Ken and a complicit, salacious press.

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