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The actor told Howard Stern that he’s eyeing a solo stage show based on his Emmy-winning impersonation of the president, with Lorne Michaels producing. Baldwin would expand on You Can’t Spell America Without Me, his new parody book co-written with Kurt Andersen that imagines the president’s first year in office.
“We may take the book and make it into a one-man show on Broadway,” Baldwin explained during the SiriusXM interview. Michaels would produce the show and be part of any project involving Baldwin’s Trump take: “What Lorne did do is give me permission to write this book which was up to him to do…. My rendering of [Trump] is his intellectual property. His people made it, his people wrote it; I just showed up.”
Baldwin’s show would follow that of Will Ferrell, who brought his Saturday Night Live impression of George W. Bush to the Cort Theatre in 2009’s You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night With George W. Bush. The experiment was a huge hit, grossing $6.7 million during its eight-week limited run; it was also filmed for HBO broadcast.
Michaels is also producing Tina Fey’s musical adaptation of Mean Girls, which opens on Broadway this spring.
Baldwin has been a Broadway draw for decades, beginning with his debut in 1986’s Loot. He also starred in the 1988 satire Serious Money, the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and the 2004 staging of Twentieth Century. He was last on Broadway in 2013’s Orphans alongside Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge.
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