I haven’t written anything of substance about politics in a long while. There have been a few Tweets, and I’ve re-Tweeted or shared other people’s Tweets that I like, but I have remained pretty much silent for quite some time. I wanted to give our President a chance to settle in.
I hadn’t planned on writing anything today, but I was listening to the original Broadway cast recording of Camelot this morning and things started falling into place.
I know that Camelot is closely tied to the John F. Kennedy presidency, but I also think it speaks to our current administration. I’ll warn you in advance that a new production of the show would need some minor re-writing to bring it up to date, and President Trump would have to play two roles, but other than that I think it could have a run.
Here is an updated cast list for my production:
- King Arthur was Richard Burton, now Kellyanne Conway (in drag)
- Queen Guinevere was Julie Andrews, now Donald Trump (in drag)
- Sir Lancelot was Robert Goulet, now Anthony Scaramucci (The Mooch)
- Mordred was Roddy McDowell, now also Donald Trump
- Sir Dinadan was John Cullum, now Sean Spicer
- Sir Lionel was Bruce Yarnell, now Stephen Bannon
- Sir Sagramore was James E. Gannon, now Reince Priebus
Of course, this casting is done due to the songs that are sung. Let me give you a few examples. Oh, and if you don’t recall the lyrics to the songs, I advise you to find them now. Then imagine our modern day cast singing them.
- President Trump, as Guinevere, sings “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood.”
- The Mooch singing “C’est Moi.” Followed by
- President Trump singing “Then You May Take Me to the Fair” along with Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer.
- President Trump singing “The Lusty Month of May.”
- Kellyanne singing “How To Handle a Woman.” Remember that she is in drag.
- The Mooch singing to President Trump “If Ever I Would Leave You.”
- The President switches to his Mordred costume and sings “The Seven Deadly Virtues.”
- The President and Kellyanne duet on “What Do the Simple Folk Do?”
- The President, as Mordred, leads Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner and the other knights in “Fie on Goodness!”
I think this works. What do you think?
One last thing. I suppose Ivanka could play Nimue and sing “Follow Me,” but that is such a beautiful song, I would hate to think of how she would do it. I leave that song to Marjorie Smith.