The Iowa Caucus As “A Chorus Line”…via Iowa Stage Theatre Company

God I blew that answer
I blew that answer
He hates my single-payer plan

So sing the candidates in the Iowa Stage Theatre Company’s production of “Adore Us! Line,” a musical that uses A Chorus Line to dramatize the Iowa caucuses.
“Adore Us! Line” is written by Robert John Ford, a native Iowan who knows a good opportunity when he sees one: He previously wrote “Caucus! The Musical,” which debuted in 2004 and ran every four years thereafter.

It was time for a new one, and so using Marvin Hamlisch’s music, he crafted a show that replaces dancers auditioning for a Broadway director with the 2020 Democratic candidates auditioning for an Iowa voter.

The new one was clearly written a while ago, since Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and even Beto O’Rourke are all characters in it. Pete Buttigieg is portrayed by Ryan Henzi, who is 14 years old. The actors playing Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Joe Smith and Mary Bricker, are actually a married couple, and they happily shake hands.

(For more details, here’s the digital program, and the script.)

In the New Yorker video below, the show’s Elizabeth Warren meets the real Elizabeth Warren.

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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