Auditions held for “Rob Ford: The Musical” based on headline-grabbing Toronto Mayor


TORONTA, Can. (WIAT) — Many may look at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and see dysfunction. But one Canadian writer sees Shakespeare; or at the very least, a drama worthy of the bard.

Geoff Stone is not Rob Ford, but he thinks he could be, “I’ve got myself a flask here. A crack pipe.” He could end up being Ford, at least in the production of “Rob Ford: The Musical”.

The Ottawa-based singer-songwriter decided to come to Toronto when he heard about the open audition for a team. A team of writers are looking to cast someone to play Rob Ford in their original production after following the Mayor’s story over the past year.

Brett McCraig thinks it is too good of a story not to tell, “This is such a huge story. It’s operatic, it’s Shakespearean, it’s such a big story we thought the next level is obviously singing and dancing.”

After putting Ford’s now infamous year to paper, McCraig is ready to find his mayor. The team had no shortage of mayoral options Tuesday morning, with every wannabe mayor giving them their best Rob Ford. A dream role for Geoff Stone who says he’s got the looks and the pipes to be a musical mayor.

“Rob Ford: The Musical” is set to open at Toronto’s Factory Theatre in September.

Copyright 2014 CNN
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