As the jury continues to deliberate in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, it seems people are becoming more speculative about what the verdict will be. There’s a musical comedy that’s developing right along with this unfolding political saga. For today’s “Thing to do in Barrington,” I suggest that you plan a quick trip on the Metra to see The Second City’s “Rod Blagojevich Superstar,” an irreverent revue now playing at Arlington Height’s Metropolis Theater.
The political parody about the life and trial of ousted Governor Blagojevich is playing in Arlington Heights through September 18, after a sold-out run at the Second City e.t.c. comedy theater in Chicago. The show presents Blagojevich’s story with a satirical spin on the 70’s rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been replaced by Rod and Patti Blagojevich, with appearances by Alderman Dick Mell, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and Senator Roland Burris. I hear the actor who plays “Patti” sings an expletive-laden song and proclaims at one point, “That stupid truth that they keep reporting about us makes us look bad.” After each performance, the cast improvises a 20-minute political comedy set based on audience suggestions. The real Rod Blagojevich has endorsed the musical in his signature “superstar” style by posing with performers and even appearing in sketches with the cast.
The show lasts about an hour and thirty minutes, including intermission. It’s playing at the Metropolis Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through September 18th. Tickets cost $28.50 and stage table seats are $33.50. You can purchase tickets online at MetropolisArts.com. The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is at 111 W. Campbell Street in downtown Arlington Heights and the box office phone number is 847-577-2121. Now back to Blago Watch at the Dirksen Federal Building.