Watch the real Rod Blagojevich onstage with the Second City cast of Rod Blagojevich Superstar
Politics and parody take center stage Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare with the Second City’s rollicking musical parody of the rise and fall of ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich. Following a sold out run at Second City e.t.c., the limited engagement on Navy Pier will feature new music and frequent updates—incorporating Blagojevich’s brother, his $100,000 book deal and Roland Burris’s son—as the Illinois political saga continues to unfold. After each performance, the cast will improvise a 20-minute political comedy set based on audience suggestions.
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (includes intermission)
A faux tribute to the man who compares himself to Gandhi, King and Mandela, Rod Blagojevich Superstar presents the story of the former governor in the style of a ‘70s rock musical. Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been replaced by Rod and Patti Blagojevich, with appearances by Alderman Dick Mell, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and Senator Roland Burris. The jury is still out on Blagojevich, but of the five other Illinois governors who have been charged with crimes, three have done time.
Patti in the Huffington Post
Patti Blagojevich discusses her decision to appear on an NBC reality show after the Former Governor was denied permission to leave the country.
Late Show with David Letterman
It was hard to miss Rod Blagojevich during his impeachment trial, when he absented himself from the proceedings and went to the national media to plead his case. Letterman spoke for all of us when he asked, “Why, exactly, are you here?”
The Rachel Maddow Show from MSNBC
Even MSNBC’s newest star had to admire Blagojevich’s political skills as she tried to get behind his assertions that he didn’t do anything wrong and did a lot of things right.