If Tina Fey can do it, why not her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin? And if their SNL commander-in-chief can honcho her Broadway show, why not his as well?
Those were the questions raised Monday when Baldwin told Howard Stern he has Broadway in his sights for a solo show based on his Emmy-winning impersonation of President Donald Trump, with Lorne Michaels producing. Michaels is also producing Fey’s musical adaptation of Mean Girls, slated to arrive on Broadway in the spring.
Baldwin was interviewed on Stern’s Sirius XM program to promote You Can’t Spell America Without Me, his new book, co-written with Kurt Andersen. The parody purports to tell the “really tremendous inside story” of the president’s first year in office.
“We may take the book and make it into a one-man show on Broadway,” Baldwin said, adding that the book was written with the blessing of Michaels, who controls the rights to the impersonation. “What Lorne did do is give me permission to write this book,” Baldwin said. “My rendering of (Trump) is his intellectual property.”
Baldwin added that “We’re all sick of the whole Trump as source of comedy thing, and I am too, but Kurt goes to another level.”
Baldwin has a lucrative model for the possible show: In 2009, Will Ferrell brought his Saturday Night Live impression of George W. Bush to the Cort Theatre in You’re Welcome, America. A Final Night with George W. Bush. The three-month stand was a smash hit.
Baldwin has had a celebrated stage career that includes five Broadway shows including A Streetcar Named Desire, in which he played Stanley Kowalski opposite Jessica Lange’s Blanche Du Bois and Amy Madigan’s Stella.