Make mu­si­cal par­ody great again

Randy Rain­bow comes home with Trump take­down

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Showtime - Palm Beach - - MUSIC - By Rod Stafford Hag­wood

Randy Rain­bow is not merely stand­ing at the cross­roads of na­tional pol­i­tics, satiric com­edy and mu­si­cal theater. He’s caus­ing a ruckus, like one of those old-timey one-man bands, si­mul­ta­ne­ously beat­ing a drum, play­ing a trum­pet, crash­ing sym­bols and honk­ing a horn. And all of it is be­ing ab­sorbed by mil­lions of devo­tees of his smirky vi­ral videos.

In the spoof videos, Rain­bow can twist a song such as “Su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­ali­do­cious” from “Mary Pop­pins” into “Brag­gado­cious!” to mock Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s self-in­flat­ing state­ments dur­ing the 2016 de­bates. Or he’ll morph “What’s the Mat­ter with Kids To­day” from “Bye, Bye Birdie” into a salute to the ac­tivist stu­dents from Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School.

Rain­bow, who grew up in Broward County, is bring­ing his stage show “Randy Rain­bow Live: Let’s Cut the Sh*t” to­day and Satur­day to Parker Play­house in Fort Laud­erdale. The show is based on his videos that aim the sharpest skew­ers to­ward Pres­i­dent Trump.

Since his pre­vi­ous Fort Laud­erdale per­for­mance in Jan­uary, Rain­bow has been keep­ing very busy. Un­til very re­cently, he was pro­duc­ing two web se­ries for Broad­wayWorld.com in ad­di­tion to pro­duc­ing his videos sin­gle-hand­edly (the videos have re­ceived more than 100 mil­lion views). Now, he bal­ances do­ing guest spots on Sir­ius XM Ra­dio and mak­ing ap­pear­ances at Man­hat­tan hot spots (Bird­land Jazz Club, 54 Below, XL Night­club) with near con­stant tour­ing.

“I have to look at Tick­et­mas­ter ev­ery day to see where I am,” he says dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view from his New York apart­ment.

Rain­bow grad­u­ated from Plan­ta­tion High School, where he ap­peared in school pro­duc­tions of “Grease,” “Guys and Dolls” and “You’re a Good Man, Char­lie Brown.” He also did chil­dren’s, com­mu­nity and re­gional theater in Mi­ami Shores and Hol­ly­wood. At Hol­ly­wood Play­house, the 37-year-old of­ten shared the stage with Josh Gad (movies “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and Broad­way’s “The Book of Mormon”).

Here’s more from our in­ter­view with Rain­bow:

Do peo­ple still think that Randy Rain­bow is a stage name?

Yes. All the time. My mother, she wanted the gayest child … and she got it.

Do you won­der about the divine in­ter­ven­tion that put you where you were for the 2016 elec­tion when your star rose?

I think about it all the time. I feel like that’s ex­actly what hap­pened. I had been do­ing this in one form or an­other for the last decade. So my first vi­ral video was 2010, “Randy Rain­bow Is Dat­ing Mel Gib­son.” I was still do­ing videos about hot top­ics, usu­ally more en­ter­tain­ment kind of news and pop-cul­ture stuff. And then, I con­tinue with that for­mat and along the way that led to Broad­wayWorld .com and the mu­si­cal as­pect of it. Some­where along the way, I com­bined the two, putting hot top­ics with the mu­sic stuff. This was the process that led me to [pol­i­tics] right at the time I needed to be there. I was ex­actly in the right place, and I knew what to do. So In 2016, with the presi- den­tial elec­tion, I was do­ing busi­ness as usual and just added the pol­i­tics. It res­onated with a lot more peo­ple. It brought it to the next level.

Some may think that Don­ald Trump is your cash cow, wouldn’t you say?

Not re­ally. Some­times, I do look at it that way. It de­pends. The suc­cess I have had re­cently [with] my videos has changed my life. But I would get where I was go­ing no mat­ter what. I don’t nec­es­sar­ily thank Don­ald Trump di­rectly. I don’t think of it that way. I put a more pos­i­tive spin on it. All of this ter­ri­ble stuff hap­pened, and I am grate­ful I get to lend my­self to be some source of pos­i­tiv­ity or light in the dark­ness. I’m do­ing com­edy, and that com­edy is im­por­tant and more nec­es­sary … in a scary time like we’re in.

What did you get from South Florida that you still use to­day?

I was so bored. I was this lit­tle gay theater kid. Hon­estly, that’s true. That’s not a dig at South Florida. That prob­a­bly would have been true wher­ever I lived. Be­fore I got in­volved in drama club, I was so bored. I didn’t play sports. But it all started be­ing put to­gether in Florida. I would lock my­self in my room with the lit­tle cam­corder they got me, and I would make videos with my dolls. My mu­sic-theater roots are in South Florida — Hol­ly­wood Play­house with Josh Gad. His fam­ily is com­ing to my show at the Parker Play­house. My for­mal train­ing was in South Florida. Those shows we did in theater in high school were hugely for­ma­tive. I have re­ally, re­ally fond mem­o­ries of that time and things I learned are things that I still uti­lize to­day when I make these videos.

“Randy Rain­bow Live: Let’s Cut the Sh*t” will take place 8 p.m. tonight and Satur­day at Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Laud­erdale in Hol­i­day Park). Tick­ets cost $27-$57 ($97 VIP tick­ets get you pre­mium seat­ing and ad­mit­tance to a post-show meet and greet). To or­der, call 954-462-0222 or go to Park­erPlay­house.com.

RANDY RAIN­BOW

Co­me­dian, ac­tor, writer, host and in­ter­net sen­sa­tion Randy Rain­bow is com­ing home to South Florida with his po­lit­i­cal spoofs and song par­o­dies in a show play­ing to­day and Satur­day at Parker Play­house in Fort Laud­erdale.

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