Yesterday, everyone from Broadway to the Beltway took a five-minute break from raving about Hamilton and slow-clapped to Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars slam of Donald J. Trump’s campaign. The clip was inspired: Broadway’s beloved duo Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick reprised their Producers roles as crooked showman Max Bialystock and his partner-in-accounting-crime Leopold Bloom.
But this time, instead of a finding the worst musical possible and pocketing the losses, they back a presidential candidate who can’t possibly win. Right?
Standing O, boys. Now would it be too much to hope for similar riffs on the campaigns of Hillary, Bernie, Marco and Cruz? We can already see the candidate-show match-ups:
Hillary Rodham Clinton as misunderstood and unfairly demonized Elphaba, rising above the lies and sexism and hate! She’s…Defying Punditry!
Marco Rubio promised to run a clean campaign, but he’s been dragged into the muck of dick jokes. We can see him kicking off a new Pippin with “Trashin’ to Do.”
Bernie Sanders promises a new start in America. We could see him understudying Danny Burstein in Fiddler on the Roof and delivering a robust “If I Were a (Progressively Taxed) Rich Man.”
And Ted Cruz. We have the perfect role for him, as a hideously disfigured outcast who lurks in an underground lair, obsessed with women (or jobs) way out of his league. Cruz as President? Listen to “The Music of Your Fright.”