McSweeney's is celebrating the release of its new anthology, The McSweeney's Book of Politics & Musicals, by starting a hashtag game to think of a new name for the United States. Here's a roundup of the best ones…
Manifest Destiny’s Child #NewnitedStates
— Pantse Macabre (@giromide) June 25, 2012
Republic of Britneys #NewnitedStates
— Brad Vaughan (@pbradv) June 25, 2012
Tags: Democrats, Music, Republicans, Texas, Theater, Twitter
Not since Brigham Young founded the the state of Deseret (later to be renamed "Utah") in the mid-19th Century — with the possible exception of the three-year run of ABC's Donny and Marie television show — has The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints been so ascendant.
First of all, we've got Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, both Mormons, looking to be top-tier candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Add to that a Mormon Senate Majority Leader, a Mormon infotainment prophet/rodeo clown dominating conservative airwaves, and Mormon created-and-backed political juggernaut influencing social issue policy nationwide. What more could you ask for as a Mormon?
Performances begin at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City on February 24, 2011. Tickets are available now!
Tags: Matt Stone, Mormon, Music, Religion, South Park, Theater, Trey Parker
I have to say, this episode of General Electric Theater from 1954 featuring future-president Ronald Reagan and future-mysteriously-iconic-dead-guy James Dean isn't half bad. It's a little cheesy, a little over-act-y, a little did-any-teenager-ever-actually-behave-like-that-y, but entertaining…
See what I mean? It's good. But, it's no 1965 off-Broadway, black-box theater run of Edward Albee's Zoo Story with Richard Milhous Nixon and Richard Dreyfuss. I don't know, but Nixon was somehow remarkably convincing as a sad awkward man who would feed a hamburger full of rat poison to neighbor's dog. Unfortunately — though the six-week run was extensively recorded — most of the tapes of the show have huge gaps of silence, making them effectively worthless. Too bad.
Still, the most memorable Republican president/popular actor team-up was 1865's Our American Cousin with Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. They only did it the one time, though. Not sure why.
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Republicans, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Television, Theater