News

Rob Ford, the musical coming to a theater near you

Rob Ford, the musical coming to a theater near you

ROB FORD: Would you watch a train wreck live on stage? Photo: Associated Press

By Cameron French

TORONTO (Reuters) – In case anyone’s missed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s scandalous confessions, expletive-laden videos and Jimmy Kimmel appearances over the past year, a new theatrical production is bringing his honor’s story to the musical stage.

“Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation” held auditions in Toronto on Monday for a show expected to open in mid-September, just ahead of October’s mayoral election. Ford, who has entered rehab for substance abuse, is currently taking a break from his reelection campaign.

By early afternoon, a few dozen would-be Fords had taken a turn for the show’s creators, and several men with the mayor’s heavyset build and close-cropped hair wandered the halls at the downtown theater school where the open curtain call was held.

Geoff Stone, 32, a singer-songwriter from Ottawa, arrived in full costume, sporting dyed-blonde hair with a shaved bald spot. A glass pipe protruding from his jacket pocket completed the look.

“A lot of my friends kind of liken him to Chris Farley, so I’ve been tapping into that a bit,” said Stone, referring to the late film and “Saturday Night Live” actor often noted for his likeness to Ford.

Ford went on leave from both his job and his re-election campaign last month to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. That decision followed months of denials that he had a substance problem. He has admitted that he has smoked crack cocaine.

Even before taking leave, Ford had been performing only some of the duties of mayor. City council stripped him of much of his power late last year and gave it to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

“This story of Rob Ford has taken everyone by storm,” Anthony Bastianon, who wrote the music for the production, told Reuters.

He said the play would not be a simple send-up of Ford, and that he would seek to expand the mayor into a three-dimensional character from the public view of him as two-dimensional.

“It’s going to be fun, but we’re also trying to show a lot of different sides of the story.”

Ford is expected to return to public life in early July.

(Reporting by Cameron French; Editing by Frank McGurty; and Peter Galloway)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

Fresh
studio54

A look back at some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

in Local Sports

Hernandez dominant, Cruz goes deep as M’s beat Twins 2-0

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, June 8, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Mariners won 5-0.

Felix Hernandez tossed a five-hitter for his first complete game victory since August 2012, and Nelson Cruz gave him all the offense he needed with his major league leading ninth home run as the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Friday night.

in Sports

Harden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs

File Photo: James Harden at the NBA 2K15 Launch Celebration held at the Standard
Credit :	Derrick Salters/WENN.com

Monta Ellis missed a potential tying jumper just before the buzzer, leaving Dallas to face a fourth straight year without winning a postseason series since taking the franchise's first championship.

in Local Sports

Golf: WWU men are No.10 seed from West in NCAA II Regional

Golf

Vikings have gone to regionals every year since joining NCAA. Regional play begins Monday, May 4, at Vallejo, Calif

in Sports

Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Jenner spoke in a long-awaited interview televised Friday with ABC's Diane Sawyer saying that he has always been confused about his gender identity.