Michael Moore to take on Trump on Broad­way this sum­mer

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - MARK KENNEDY

NEW YORK — Film­maker and ac­tivist Michael Moore is tak­ing his tough, anti-Don­ald Trump talk to Broad­way.

The Academy Award-win­ning di­rec­tor of “Bowl­ing for Columbine” will per­form the one-man show “The Terms of My Sur­ren­der” at the Be­lasco Theatre start­ing July 28 for 12 weeks.

Moore on Mon­day promised a very top­i­cal show that has a sub­ver­sive, ur­gent tone. Not all of it will be scripted, some of it will riff on events of the day and it may have guests and in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments. Tony win­ner Michael Mayer will di­rect.

While not all of the show will be an ex­tended rant against Trump, Moore called it a “com­edy shiv” pointed at the ad­min­is­tra­tion and per­formed only a few blocks from Trump Tower. The show’s tagline is “Can a Broad­way show take down a sit­ting Pres­i­dent?”

“I op­er­ate un­der the hope that he won’t be pres­i­dent for very long,” Moore said. “Why don’t we see if ev­ery night — and twice in the af­ter­noon — for 12 weeks if a piece of theatre can raise enough of a ruckus to dis­com­bob­u­late the man sit­ting in the Oval Of­fice? I don’t know, but I’d like to find out.” He added: “Stranger things have hap­pened in the last year.”

While Moore had a one-man show about the 2016 elec­tion called “Michael Moore In TrumpLand,” the film­maker said “The Terms of My Sur­ren­der” will be com­posed of com­pletely orig­i­nal ma­te­rial.

Moore di­rected and pro­duced “Fahren­heit 9-11,” a crit­i­cal look at the pres­i­dency of Ge­orge W. Bush, and “Sicko,” which ex­am­ines health care in the United States.

The film­maker, who fa­mously pre­dicted a Trump vic­tory last sum­mer, said lib­er­als need to em­brace com­edy as a way to halt any Trump mo­men­tum. “We need an army of satirists,” Moore said. “His Achilles heel is his very, very, very thin skin.”

When asked if he was preach­ing to the choir by lam­bast­ing Trump in a lib­eral city and in a very lib­eral Broad­way com­mu­nity, Moore re­sponded: “Some­times the choir needs a song to sing.”

Moore’s show joins a list of theatre pieces com­ing in seem­ing re­sponse to the new ad­min­is­tra­tion. Robert Schenkkan’s play “Build­ing the Wall,” which imag­ines Trump’s pres­i­dency tak­ing a darkly au­thor­i­tar­ian turn, has an off-Broad­way run in May.

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