Lights, Cuomo, motion?
New York City’s subsequent large off-Broadway manufacturing is hoping in your vote and a highly effective spot on the Great White Way.
Hank Morris, 67, a political guide who pleaded responsible again in 2010 for his involvement in a pension fraud pay-to-play scandal, is plotting his candy (fictional) revenge on the person who prosecuted him: Andrew Cuomo.
In his new musical comedy, “A Turtle on a Fence Post,” Morris is placing his grievances with Cuomo, 63, entrance and middle. The present was first conceived whereas the powerbroker was serving his jail sentence.
“The play is based on true events, but it’s a fictionalized version of my journey and what happened to me and how it changed me,” Morris defined to Variety. “The principal antagonist in the play is a bullying governor named Andrew Cuomo.”
Gabriel Barre is directing the manufacturing, which shall be choreographed by Kenny Ingram. Morris penned the ebook beneath his nom de plume, Prisoner #11RO731, which is an apparent reference to his inmate quantity. The present can even function songs by Austin Nuckols and lyrics by Lily Dwoskin.
The title, “A Turtle on a Fence Post,” refers to certainly one of former ’90s presidential dangerous boy Bill Clinton’s favourite remarks: “If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself.”
Morris was granted parole in 2013 after he served 13 days at Rikers then two years, two weeks and two days in a state correctional facility. While he initially wished to carry out his play as a one-man present, it has since grown into a seven-person stage musical.
The story takes place in a comedy membership in addition to a correctional establishment. It tells the story of the rise and decline of certainly one of Manhattan’s strongest and ruthless males. (Sound acquainted?) Morris believes the present will take on a completely different tone within the current day because the soon-to-be-ex New York governor introduced his resignation on Aug. 10 after proof was discovered that he sexually harassed ladies.
“Political insiders knew the story, but the general public is going to be more open to hearing my story and hearing what he’s capable of,” Morris instructed Hollywood commerce paper Variety.
“The show has a universal message,” he continued. “To me the message is life’s pretty good no matter how many twists and turns you experience, and you should make the best of it. You’re lucky to be here. The second message is that we all make our own prisons, and we’re the only ones who can set ourselves free.”
“A Turtle on a Fence Post” will start previews Oct. 26 and open Nov. 14 at Theater 555, at 555 W. forty second St., in accordance to Playbill. The restricted 10-week engagement will run by way of Jan. 2, 2022.