Mining the recently departed U.S. President and his seeming propensity for malapropisms for laughs one final time, film actor and former "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Ferrell (or John W. Ferrell) is opening on Broadway this evening in his limited run show You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W Bush.
According to the official site, dubbed "Will Ferrell on Broadway":
It's time for a change in America, but not without a few parting words from the 43rd President of the United States. Don’t miss your chance to discover the man behind the myth, the truth behind the lies, and the logic behind the illogical in the outrageous limited Broadway event.
Staged at Rialto's Cort Theatre, You're Welcome America is written by Ferrell, who stars as his most famous impersonation. Helmed by Adam McKay and choreographed by Matt Williams, the comedy features Michael Delaney as Dr. Scott Blumeth, Pia Glenn as Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Adam Mucci as a Pilot, and the lead actor's own sibling Patrick Ferrell as a Secret Service Operative. Perhaps most intriguing credit of all is the one for Flying by Foy, which is supplying flying effects.
Ferrell is one of the few SNL actors to receive an Emmy nomination for his work on the late night comedy shows. Certainly, his extraordinary gift for mimicking the mighty no doubt contributed to that distinction.
The big question about tonight's show is whether critics will give 43 a go one more time, or will they wish Ferrell had simply given it a rest. Find out tomorrow as I provide my critics' capsule.
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