an interview with the star of President Harding Is a Rock Star – Andrew Baughman
By Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz had a presidential visit from Warren G. Harding – that is – Andrew Baughman who plays the 29th President in Landless Theatre Company’s off-the-wall production of Kyle Jarrow’s President Harding Is a Rock Star.
You’ll hear some clips from the show as Andrew tells us about how helpful Gov. Sarah Palin was to his interpretation of the rock star president. Josh Speerstra, he tells us, is the real rock star of the show. The lead guitarist not only gave the musical its first orchestrations, he also wrote an original song for the show, and is front and center for all the action. “He’s the Eddie Van Halen of the piece … he’s my rock star soul.”
Andrew and director Melissa Baughman had no trouble finding women to handle the female vocals. “There were 10 ladies lined up across the stage. All 10 of them sang so well that I almost just wanted to sell tickets to the audition.” It was Richelle Howie who won the plum role of Florence Harding and you’ll understand why when you listen to her sing ‘Sad Eyes’.
Andrew is busy performing in this show and getting ready for Landless Theatre’s Christmas specials, yet he found time to compose a special song for DCTS, ‘Joel Markowitz’, which he plays for us on his Yamaha Keytar, an instrument, he admits, is “the lamest of all rock instruments.”
There’s still time to rock on over to DCAC to catch the show. It runs through Nov 30th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30, with matinees the 23rd and 30th.
DCTS review of President Harding Is a Rock Star