Ann on Broadway at Lincoln CenterI was walking down 44th Street one night in the early 90s with a friend, when he stopped in his tracks and screamed, “Oh My God,”  (we didn’t say OMG in the 90s), “That’s Ann Richards!”  Before I could say “Who?”, he bolted down the street and weaseled his way in between her security guards to get a handshake and a sweet Texas hello.

I went home in tried to google her, but Google hadn’t been invented yet, so I asked around and quickly learned how strong of a politician, a public figure, and a woman she was.

So strong and so unique, that they could have written a play about her.

And eventually they did!

Ann, the new play about Ann Richards, the “legendary governor of Texas,” starring Holland Taylor, starts previews tomorrow and opens officially at the beautiful Beaumont Theatre on March 7th.

And one of you is about to win free tickets!

How?

Well, let’s see . . . Fiorello was just up at Encores.  Ann is on Broadway .

Who’s next?

Bloomberg?  Clinton?  Blagojevich?

What politician’s life would you make a show about?  Comment below!

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129 Responses to The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to Ann on Broadway!

  1. Kathleen Hochberg says:

    Ronald Reagan! Lots of fodder for a fiery Broadway play there!

  2. Aaron Darr says:

    The Clintons. Probably Bill. Hillary’s story is unfinished. 2016 is hers. I works for her for 16 months when she ran for President in 2008. She is such a compassionate, courageous, and brilliant woman. Her husband would make a great story for a one man play on Broadway. They could call it Bubba! Whoever plays Bill though would have to play the saxophone. A play with music!

  3. David McKibbin says:

    JFK from the perspective of Lee Harvey Oswald. It’s sort of like a “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” type of play.

  4. Randi says:

    Mayor Ed Koch!

  5. As someone born in Texas and loved Ann Richards (but saw the light and moved to NYC at 18 years old), I’d say we need one on the entire Bush clan. Only you make it like an 80s prime-time soap opera.

  6. Lincoln. He is such a popular subject. No vampires though, please.

  7. Liz says:

    I would have to agree with Aaron! I’d definitely go see a show about Bubba!

    But if I had to pick someone else it would probably be Teddy Kennedy!

  8. Becca says:

    Well, I did just see CHECKERS at the Vineyard, which was about Nixon… but we already had Frost/Nixon on Broadway.

    JFK! Or Mayor Ed Koch.

  9. Madison D. says:

    Rudy Giuliani’s rise to fame with the Mafia Commission Trial or Rudy Giuliani and the 9/11 attacks

  10. Travis says:

    Theodore Roosevelt seemed to have a lot of exciting drama in his life.

  11. Sarah P. says:

    I agree that the Clintons have more than enough drama for a show, the Monica Lewinsky scandal alone would make a fascinating one! :) Although, I think a look at the Bush clan could be equally interesting (and I say that as someone who dislikes the lot of them)…

  12. Brian says:

    People are so fascinated with Lincoln, I think an interesting figure to explore theatrically now would be James Buchanan. The only bachelor president and someone who played a role in creating the climate that led to the Civil War.

  13. Brittany says:

    I’d go with….Jimmy Carter!

  14. Rob Cote says:

    Sarah Palin with Tina Fey in the lead!

  15. Heather says:

    Harvey Milk – I know it was a movie already but there is so much potential.

  16. Benjamin Biordi says:

    How about a dark comedy about George W Bush. The way he murdered the english language and common sayings is plenty of material. Condoleezza Rice as a news reading dominatrix. Dick Cheney as a face shooting, lesbian hiding, heart failing VP. Very very dark comedy.

  17. AmyKB says:

    I think Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky would make a good subject. If his quote, “I’d rather be right than be president,” doesn’t hit home with people today, I don’t know what would. He’s got kinda a crazy history – lost the presidency FOUR times, was a great Speaker of the House, worked on the Missouri Compromise, helped California become a state, and was a Whig, which is always entertaining to hear about. He may have been pre-Civil War, but interesting nonetheless.

  18. LoriO says:

    Absolutely Bill Clinton! First President I was old enough to vote for. Love him in spite of his personal flaws. Definitely enough drama in his personal and political life to entertain.

  19. Kyle Abraham says:

    I’m going to go with the obvious choice here: President Obama

  20. Caitlin Pinick says:

    Millard Fillmore. You can’t go wrong with a name like Millard.

  21. Morgan says:

    Gabrielle Giffords. Its timely, she’s inspirational and her husband is an astronaut. No brainer.

  22. Barney Frank’s story could work nicely.

  23. Margie says:

    Nelson Mandela. A musical with TONS of fantastic South African rubber boot stomping music. There’s no one who doesn’t like Mandela, and the sound track alone would be a huge seller

  24. Amanda Bohan says:

    Hillary Clinton, Harvey Milk, and Margaret Thatcher would all make for really interesting plays!

  25. Laurie Bloom says:

    I say former governor of New Orleans (during Katrina) Ray Nagin…I think it should be a musical with full on water effects on the stage.

  26. brian says:

    Ronald Regan

  27. Rosie says:

    Charles Rangle—lots of great stuff to work into a play!

  28. Evan says:

    Anthony Weiner the musical.

  29. Reed Prescott says:

    “Jan Brewer: Hotter Than Hell” Starring Jan Maxwell. Maxwell’s the only one who could pull off pure evil and somehow make you root for her at the same time.

  30. Tony P says:

    Clearly: Hillary Clinton. Full of drama of both the work and home life variety, and because her story isn’t quite done yet, it offers what EVERY producer wants: A SEQUEL!

  31. Miriam Baron says:

    Condoleezza Rice

  32. Patrick says:

    How about Giuliani during 9/11?

  33. Lexi says:

    Margaret Thatcher – the musical!

  34. Brandon Martin says:

    Anthony Weiner…almost as controversial as the nudity in Hair!

  35. Alan B. says:

    This one is easy Ken! Chris Christie

  36. Rick Reynolds says:

    Shirley Chisholm, a tough New Yorker! Great material – the first African-American woman elected to Congress – backed by NYC in the 70′s and 80′s (years in office) – can’t lose!

  37. Bob says:

    The governors of Illinois. It would be set in a prison, of course; and would be a sequel to the musical “Chicago”, only this time with politicians. In the past 50 years, 4 governors (who were in office collectively for about 21 of those 50 years) were convicted of crimes and served time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_of_Illinois

  38. Alexa says:

    Koch, the musical, is my bet for what’s next.

  39. Demi Agapitos says:

    Yes I’m Speaking To You – Governor David Paterson Story.

    I Am Not a Crook…Or Am I? The Richard Nixon Story

  40. Daniel says:

    Harry Truman…the underdog election winner, the decision to drop atomic bombs, his morning walks with the press in his retirement…a show begging to be written.

  41. Hannah Weitzman says:

    FDR

  42. Michael DiGaetano says:

    Lance Armstrong… Downhill Racer

  43. Ken says:

    Ross Perot: The Book of Moron

  44. Brian says:

    Jim McGreevey – Aaron Tviet would be a great lead.

  45. maria says:

    Alexander Hamilton- one of the original New Yorkers and founding father of our country. I pass by his grave every day on my way to work in the financial district.

  46. Michelle says:

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

  47. John P. says:

    Ed Koch

  48. Jeanie says:

    Mayor Ed Koch

  49. Preston G. says:

    George W. Bush, because a satire is always fun for the family!

  50. Randy says:

    Adam Clayton Powell. Fiery, dramatic. no nonsense. during a turbulent time.

  51. John Sweeney says:

    I think a two actor two after piece: Bush, senior and W. Or a tour-de-force for a single actor!

  52. David Lally says:

    Just like Fiorello! I would like to see Giuliani!, The Musical, with the exclamation point as well!

  53. Grace says:

    President Obama, most definitely!

  54. LARRY ABRAMSKY says:

    MOSES.

    I’m already working on it.

  55. Thom says:

    Geraldine Ferraro.

  56. Cheryl Dzubak says:

    Why, Barack Obama, of course. Our first African American president and his unlikely rise to the presidency when very few people even heard of him and all the barriers and obstacles he had to cross to get to where he is today.

  57. Ralph Nader and his vote-stealing conspiracy of 2000.

  58. auntieFSR says:

    Hillary Clinton. She is the most polarizing politician around. Sonheim can do the genius behind this show!

  59. Claire says:

    Hillary Clinton.

  60. Tom L says:

    Chris Christie–he’s a horrible governor, but a Governor Cheeseburger Walrus musical would be a smash hit!!

  61. Eileen F. says:

    How about Abraham Lincoln? He’s beloved bi-partisanly, it’s an epic story, the musical possibilities would be UHmazing and the old rail-splitter is a proven draw! Best of all, I could totally play Mary, finally making my Broadway debut….

  62. Randy says:

    Winston Churchill or Vladamir Putin (you didn’t say it needed to be an American politician, did you)?

    Or, what might have been if Huey P. Long had been President.

  63. After watching Oliver Stone’s “The Untold History of the United States” I think a play about Henry A. Wallace could be fascinating.

    I copied the excerpt below from this website http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/11/26/oliver-stones-untold-history-a-review-of-the-first-two-episodes/

    “Henry A. Wallace served as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Secretary of Agriculture from 1933-1940 and his vice president during his third term. He was a popular figure, who condemned British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stating, “[The] notion of Anglo-Saxon superiority inherent in Churchill’s approach will be offensive to many. Churchill, who had quite a bit of whiskey, said, why be apologetic about Anglo-Saxon superiority, that we were superior, that we have the common heritage that had been worked out over the centuries of England and had been perfected by our Constitution.” It was well known that Wallace had a hatred for imperialism; in fact, Churchill had tasked secret agents with spying on Wallace.
    Jesse H. Jones, Secretary of Commerce, Edwin Pauley, Democratic Party National Committee treasurer and oil millionaire both despised Wallace. South Carolina Senator James Byrnes, who was raised in the “hothouse politics of sultry South Carolina,” became their champion. He had come from an environment “where white superiority and segregation trumped all other issues.”
    Byrnes was called up to help orchestrate a scenario where Wallace would not be re-nominated vice president. Roosevelt, who had grown increasingly ill, could not be at the Democratic National Convention and/or was unwilling to fight for his vice presidential nominee. Party bosses Pauley, Robert Hannegan, DNC chairman, Ed Flynn, Bronx Boss, Ed Kelly, Mayor of Chicago, Frank Hague, Mayor of Jersey City, Frank Walker, Postmaster General and former Party Chairman and other opponents of Wallace needed “an eleventh hour substitute” and chose Missouri Senator Harry S. Truman, who had limited qualifications and could be counted on not to rock the boat.
    Known as “Pauley’s coup” to insiders, the bosses were aware of the high support Wallace had among convention delegates. Only two percent, according to a poll, supported Truman while Wallace had sixty-five percent support among delegates.
    Wallace’s speech to the convention was met with huge applause. He called for “equal wages for equal work” no matter one’s gender or race. The convention delegates cheered wildly. The loudspeaker system played Wallace’s campaign song: “Iowa, Iowa. That’s where the tall corn grows.”
    Florida Senator Claude Pepper knew Wallace would win if the delegates voted on his nomination before adjourning on the opening day. So, too, did the party bosses. They had Samuel D. Jackson, session chair, adjourn the convention before a vote on Wallace’s nomination could be taken. Chaos erupted because the “yays” clearly had not had outnumbered the “nays.” Nonetheless, Jackson carried out “strict instructions” not to allow the nomination and the opening day was over.
    Overnight, “Pauley and anti-Wallace forces united behind Harry Truman. Deals were cut. Positions offered. Ambassadorships, postmaster positions, cash payoffs—Bosses called every state chairman telling them Roosevelt wanted the Missouri senator as his running mate.”
    The second day forces for Wallace were prepared to ensure he was nominated. They voted and Wallace one the first ballot. When the second ballot was called, police prevented thousands from entering the convention. Truman won.”

  64. Billy Recce says:

    Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now that would be interesting. Governator-The Musical, anyone?

  65. John P says:

    Reading all the comments above, I can’t help but think Politician’s live the most interesing lives…because all of these people (Clintons, Lincoln, Harvey Milk, Chris Christie, Obama, MAYOR ED KOCH, Geraline Ferrero, Jim McGreevy, Anthony Weiner, Condoleeza Rice etc etc) would make great plays… or even Musicals….

  66. Kathy H says:

    As a Jersey Girl I’m going to suggest Jon Corzine! It might make an interesting story to find out how he escaped prosecution for losing 1.6 billion dollars of customer money from MF Global while raising campaign funds for President Obama. But of course he never intended to misuse the funds!

  67. Gillien says:

    My first instinct was Ed Koch,as so many have also suggested (always best to go with someone dead), but then I thought: BELLA ABZUG!!! The hats alone would be worth the price of admission.

  68. Ed says:

    How about the rise and fall (and rise) of Jerry Brown?The soundtrack can reflect the singers he was linked to

  69. Ed says:

    Why only choose one politician from one country? – U.N. the musical – The fun that could be had with style and content!

  70. Ruth Post says:

    My first thought was Ed Koch, and then JFK . . . But many others had the same thoughts. So, digging a bit deeper, how about Nelson Mandella?

  71. Lane says:

    The extraordinary Bella Abzug

  72. Paula says:

    My first thought was Ed Koch. Many have suggested that.
    Unless I missed it, I would suggest FDR. There’s a lot of material to “play” with there.

  73. Josh Ruben says:

    JFK due to the multi-genre appeal. Costumes and style of the era will appeal to fans of “Mad Men.” Soap opera lovers will get into the adultery tales, especially the Marilyn angle. Fans of political intrigue have Cuba, the fights with LBJ, and the cross-dressing J. Edgar Hoover (which is also a nod to fans of Bravo shows). Then there is the relationship with MLK and the Civil Rights struggle. And of course conspiracy wackos will love how the real killer turns out to be an inebriated Merv Griffin.

  74. Melissa N says:

    Aaron Burr. There is so much history & drama with him, obviously, and his family (his only daughter was traveling by boat from South Carolina to see him in NY when she disappeared and was never heard from again); it could be epic.

  75. EllenFD says:

    Michelle Bachmann–The Musical. I can envision encounters with colorful clergy who teach her to “pray away” undesirable elements she perceives in others.

  76. Joe G says:

    Mark Foley at Carnegie Hall

  77. Terrence Cranert says:

    Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd. We discussed this one at your Getting Your Show Off the Ground seminar. I know a redhead from Texas Is love to take to see Ann.

  78. Jimmy Carter. I don’t know much about him or why he was so disliked, so it’d be nice if I could learn something from a play. From what I’ve read and heard so far about him there are many things about then that would help us understand what’s happening today with congress and the presidency. I think good plays can do that for us, help us understand someone in the past (in this case a tragic figure) and therefore better understand today.

  79. Michael PZ says:

    HILLARY Clinton – and the Clinton machine – just in time for 2016 when she wins President !

    PS: Go see Ann even if you don’t win the tickets – saw her in DC and she was AMAZING !

  80. gjc says:

    “As a man I was a kook,
    Women never gave a 2nd look,
    As a Prez I took & took,
    BUT ‘I am NOT a crook’”

    –Nixon the musical

  81. Ed R says:

    Ben Franklin. So much to write about and so many different story lines.

  82. Josh says:

    I’d love to see “OBAMA (A BARACK OPERA)”

  83. Zanne says:

    Who else? My ancestor – John and/or Quincy Adams! (Oh wait, that’s been done – “1776″) Then how about Teddy? (Oh … that’s been done too – “Alice”) All right then … ANDREW JACKSON. He had Native American blood and yes, he also tried to eliminate N.A. from the face of the planet. Interesting study there.

  84. Robb J says:

    I know he is a lead character in 1776 but I would love a play that goes into the life of Ben Franklin. Running away from Boston as a child, brilliance as a printer and satirist, incentions, the common law marriage to Deborah Read, Political struggle against the heirs of William Penn over the colonial goverment, his son growing up to be royal Governor of New Jersey while Franklin was in the struggle for Independance, the trip to France with Adams to secure miliatary support int he war for independance . . .

    There is such a wealth of material that you could have a drama or a comedy, a love story or a story of a philanderer. A Shwo about the statesman, the businessman or the inventor. You can do so much

  85. John Dallal says:

    I think James J.Walker would be an interesting
    subject. Beau James came to symbolize The Roaring
    Twenties. And,even though he was forced to resign
    during a corruption scandal,he is remembered for
    composing a lovely song: Will You Love Me In
    December(As You Do In May?)

  86. Colleen says:

    Jesse Ventura – wrestler gone politician

  87. Colleen says:

    Silvio Berlusconi – controversial Italian prime minister

  88. Susan says:

    She was not technically a politician, but she is supposed to have acted as president after Woodrow had a stroke and she was descended from Pocahantas, so Edith Wilson. Also has the advantage that she is no longer a polarizing figure as many more recent politicians are.

  89. Ed Ertle says:

    Rudy–the Musical! It has drama (9/11), romance (his public ditching of Donna Hanover), comedy/pathos (his bans on porn shops and firecrackers for Chinese New Year). All great fodder for big splashy production numbers!

  90. Al Franken. And not just for the obvious reasons. Minnesota is full of amazing characters.

  91. Nanda Douglas says:

    Abraham Lincoln, the (original) great negotiator.

  92. This is a fun one! I’m going to have to say Hillary. Though we’d need to see if Amy Poehler is available first.

  93. Maureen says:

    James K. Polk, the 11th US President because he apparently achieved everything he set on his political agenda in one term.

  94. Liz Wollman says:

    A wacky musical comedy about Idi Amin, but only if Mel Brooks would write the book and score, and direct it.

  95. David Hopson says:

    Former Governor(s) & presidential running mate,
    George C. Wallace & his wife Lurleen Wallace.
    A period piece, with plenty of plot, twists, turns
    Complete with an assisination attempt. Lots of political satire with a racist tone. Just enough story to create an emotional stir if the senses with its audience.

  96. Giuliani during his war on club drugs. It could be a techno/trance musical.

  97. Carey Walden says:

    I think Obama’s story could be funny and captivating on stage. Being raised bi-racially, the semi-notorious college years, and driving a fallen-apart vehicle to pick up Michelle for a date! His “journey to…” has some tragi-comic potential!

  98. Ed from CT says:

    Many great suggestions here but I can’t believe I didn’t see this one listed: “Bloomberg, the Musical!”
    From building his Empire to running the # 1 city in the Empire State.
    He could even sing how he did it “My Way.”
    George Washington could also be a fascinating subject (and I loved “1776″).
    Jimmy Carter would be tough to do- plenty of material but hard to make him likable.
    Lincoln, Rudy G and Jesse Ventura are all worthy subjects, too, as are Mayor Koch and Gov. Christie.

  99. Solange De Santis says:

    Barbara Jordan, the late Texas congresswoman – an amazing story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Jordan
    I just want to hear someone imitate that rich voice of hers.

  100. LBJ….as large as Texas and certainly as colorful and profane! Some great story lines here.

  101. Cate says:

    Koch was my first thought! Loved that guy. But Imelda Marcos might be the new Evita.

  102. Rick Shulman says:

    The Governator himself, Arnold Schwartzenager. He’s had the kind of life that would need a trilogy.

  103. SHERYL WIENER says:

    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford – “The Appalacian Trail”

  104. Kristen McG says:

    Ronald Reagan would be an interesting play and one i would see

  105. Noah P says:

    Queen Elisabeth!

  106. Shannon D. says:

    MY FAVORITE MOVIE IS “MILK” …. so it’s a no brainer here…
    Harvey Milk! :)

  107. Bryan Austermann says:

    I think a George W. Bush play could be infinitely hilarious. (I know Will Ferrell already did this, but perhaps a less SNLish version)

  108. If you watch SMASH – they just gave us a JFK song. Does that count?

  109. Tim Realbuto says:

    “WEINER!
    A musical 7 inches in the making.”

    This one might have to premiere Off-Broadway, where you can get away with a bit more lol.

  110. FDR and Eleanor…or just Eleanor who was quite a political figure :)…absolutely fascinating

    And if Shirley Temple Black counts as a politician (Ambassador), might be something there :).

  111. Beau says:

    I’d like to see a play that focuses on the journey of the First Lady. Perhaps showcases more than one throughout the course of the show (Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Obama, Abigail Adams) and exploring the similarities and differences.

  112. Sarah Brisco says:

    Ronald Reagan from the US. From outside, honestly, Sadaam Hussain. I know it is a touchy subject, but I would love to see someone’s ideas on how to portray all of his escapades.

  113. Nancy C. says:

    Barbara Jordan

  114. virginia vanderbilt says:

    I would say at this place and time MANDELA would be a hit on Broadway. I know there’s a movie ready to be released, so the show would be perfect.

  115. Jeff says:

    If Buchanan was our first closeted gay president (arguable), he seems like a good choice to get his own musical.

  116. Kate says:

    Che- definitely Che -Can’t you just see the costumes now, the haze from the cigar smoke and don’t forget about his passion!

  117. Donna Mather says:

    Frank Rizzo: Philly cop and mayor…intense politics and race relations

  118. Elliot says:

    Lincoln. Everyone is fascinated by the whole Lincoln thing right now.

  119. Ellen Orchid says:

    Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He’s a self-made man who lost his dad at a young age and became the “man” of the family and created a business which made him a billionaire. Many fascinating things about him. Worth a show in the future.

  120. Forrest says:

    Lee Atwater!

  121. Karen Campbell says:

    Sonny Bono

  122. Eleah Burman says:

    I would love a musical about The Clintons. Deceit, cheating, and strong characters, specifically strong female characters, make for excellent dramatic devices. I would love to see Sondheim tackle this and finally get a new musical out.

  123. Alexandra says:

    Golda Meir – elected first female prime minister of Israel in March 1969. I would make the backdrop the women’s lib movement which was kicked off in the US by Betty Friedan’s 1963 book The Feminine Mystique.

  124. susan glazer says:

    paul ryan…of course in a musical comedy!

  125. Jamie says:

    Berlusconi!

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