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Christopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman! The Musical; or, Red, White, and Blaine

We dreamed up a Waiting for Guffman musical starring Andrew Rannells. You're welcome.

Broadway really likes turning movies into musicals. Some people love it. Some people hate it. We're in it for the dream-casting opportunities. So instead of waiting for the next Notebook, or Devil Wears Prada, or Almost Famous, or Mystic Pizza (seriously, there are a million of them), we picked one of our favorite titles and dreamed up not just a cast list, but a fully conceptualized, guaranteed blockbuster musical.

Broadway producers — feel free to thank us at the Tony Awards.


(© Warner Bros. / Seth Walters)

Plot Summary
Small town Blaine, Missouri, is getting ready for its sesquicentennial celebration, and the town's favorite auteur, Corky St. Clair, has cooked up a brand-new musical to headline the festivities. Gather 'round the campfire for Red, White, and Blaine, a story of (mid)westward discovery, alien invasion, and the biggest stool boom America has ever seen. The Blaine Community Players smell a hit. But could it even make it to Broadway? That all depends on one man…

Creative Team
Music and lyrics by Spinal Tap, with additional contributions by Mitch & Mickey
Book by Eugene Levy
Directed and choreographed by Ivo van Hove

Company
Andrew Rannells: Corky St. Clair, founder of Blaine Community Players, former off-off-off-off-Broadway actor, author, and director of Red, White, and Blaine
Christopher Fitzgerald: Lloyd Miller, exasperated music director
Annaleigh Ashford: Libby Mae Brown, Dairy Queen employee, really good at the splits
Tony Shalhoub: Dr. Allan Pearl, dentist, grandson of Yiddish theater star Chaim Pearlgut
Stephanie J. Block: Mrs. Allan Pearl, dentist's wife, Scrabble club member
Marc Kudisch: Ron Albertson, travel agent, experienced community theater actor
Kerry Butler: Sheila Albertson, travel agent, Ron's wife, is learning to change her instincts or at least ignore them
Reed Birney: Clifford Wooley, took a correspondence course in taxidermy
Jeremy Jordan: Johnny Savage, sexy mechanic

Songs

Act 1
Nothing Ever Happens in Blaine – Company
It's a Sesquicentennial Musical! – Corky St. Clair
Just Doin' the Cones – Libby Mae Brown
Never Been Anywhere but Blaine (Except That One Time I Went to Jefferson City) – Ron and Sheila Albertson
One Day I'll Have a Hit on (Off-Off-Off-Off) Broadway – Corky St. Clair
Music Director's Lament – Lloyd Miller
Audition Sequence: Teacher's Pet (Libby Mae Brown); I Dream of Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair / Camptown Races / Swanee River / Bubby Made a Kishka (Dr. Allan Pearl); Midnight at the Oasis (Ron and Sheila Albertson)
Hankerin' to Be an Actor – Clifford Wooley
Hell Hole – Johnny Savage
Zip Zap Zop (A Rehearsal Montage) – Company
We May Be Going to Broad-way! – Corky St. Clair and Company

Act 2
Corky Has a Wife Named Bonnie? – Mrs. Allan Pearl and Company
Bastard People – Corky St. Clair
I Am Taking Over! – Lloyd Miller
Back to the Dairy Queen / Nothing Ever Happens in Blaine (Reprise) – Libby Mae Brown
Corky's Turn – Corky St. Clair
It's the Day of the Show, Y'all – Libby Mae Brown and Company
Red, White, and Blaine Act 1: Covered Wagons / Stool Boom – Company
Waiting for Guffman – Company
Red, White, and Blaine Act 2: A Penny for Your Thoughts / Nothing Ever Happens on Mars / Patriotic Finale – Company
The Remains of the Day: Life's a Little Lunch Box – Corky St. Clair and Company