‘Rod Blagojevich Superstar’ moving to Chicago Shakespeare


Following a sold out run at Second City e.t.c., the popular comedy review “Rod Blagojevich Superstarwill be playing a limited engagement Chicago Shakes on Navy Pier.  The Navy Pier version has been updated with new sketches and music to include recent Blago happenings, such as his 6-figure book deal and Roland Burris’ son (and, as the Blago drama proceeds, so will Second City’s improv show!).  After each performance, the famed improv theatre troupe will improvise a 20-minute political comedy set based on audience suggestions.


Superstar has book by Ed Furman, music and lyrics by T.J. Shanoff and direction by Matt Hovde. The cast includes Joey Bland as Rod Blagojvich, Mike Bradecich as Richard Mell/Pat Fitzgerald, Lauren Dowden as Lisa Madigan, Lori McClain as Patti Blagojevich and Sam Richardson as Senator Roland Burris.

According to Second City notes,

“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. 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 Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been replaced by Rod and Patti Blagojevich, with appearances by Alderman Dick Mell, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Senator Roland Burris.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.”

More info at ChicagoShakes.com.

Rave reviews after the fold.

See video preview of the show here.


“You won’t want to miss The Second City’s “Rod Blagojevich Superstar.”
Chicago Tribune

“Like manna from heaven, comic material galore”
“Rod Blagojevich Superstar!” is Second City’s ripped-from-the-headlines, rushed-to-the-stage, ready-for-potential-touring parody.”

Variety – Steven Oxman

“a must-see”
“the laughs unspool like wavy strands of thick, dark hair traveling through the infamous Blagojevich hairbrush”
“just the anti-Blago catharsis you need.”
“Second City roasted the former Illinois governor on a skewer”
Chicago Tribune – Chris Jones

“the mischief makers at the Second City …have fully seized the day with their new musical spoof, “Rod Blagojevich Superstar!””
“Applause for writer Ed Furman, composer-lyricist T. J. Shanoff”
“savvy throughout”
Chicago Sun Times – Hedy Weiss

“it’s like some kind of musical theater karmic justice is being handed down on a silver platter”
“Jokes about political backroom bullshit fly faster than Blago’s thicket of bangs on a gust of lakefront wind,”
New City – Nina Metz

“Rod Blagojevich Superstar – Second City e.t.c.’s newest and undoubtedly timeliest musical showcase – delivers…in the first five minutes”
“a nice combination of twisted humor”
Time Out – Christina Couch

“a very funny show.”
“Tao of Blagojevich.”

“It’s the public flogging we’ve all been yearning for.”
“Bottom line, Superstar serves up exactly what its ticket buyers will be looking for: a big fat helping of whole roast Blagojevich.”
Ben Bass & Beyond – Ben Bass

“remarkably funny”
“a pure musical of well-crafted sketches”
“Second City hitting its typical marks in rare and refreshed form”
Decider – David Wolinsky

“achieves preposterous grandiosity even by Blago standards”
“this inspired mix of wit, vulgarity, sophistication, and cheese is mean, biting, and hilarious”
The Reader – Justin Hayford

“Rod Blagojevich Superstar!” is the best actual storytelling script and perhaps the funniest show that I have seen to date”
“Second City’s “Rod Blagojevich Superstar!” takes Illinois’ ‘laughing stock of the country’ status and weaves comedy gold.”
Steadstyle Chicago – Venus Zarris

“one of the funniest nights I have ever spent in the theater”
“history being made”
James Finn Garner

“irreverently hilarious”
“devilishly funny”
“[Blagojevich] proves to be a comedic the gift that keeps on giving.”
examiner.com – Catey Sullivan

“Rod Blagojevich Superstar! is a delight”
“”Rod Blagojevich Superstar!” bares its fangs at the Blagojeviches, machine politics, and flower-child musical theatre…it’s got teeth”
Chicago Stage Review – J. Scott Hill

To see some scenes & hear about behind the scenes, check out our coverage:

Huffinton Post

For more information & tickets to the show click here.

List of reviews courtesy of Second City’s website.

2 Responses

  1. Now that’s it’s at Chicago Shakespeare, will it feature the line “all that glitters is not f*cking golden?”

  2. I would hope so!!!!

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