The Singing, Dancing Enron Story Enchants London, And Maybe Broadway
You know what the whole Enron scandal was missing? We mean, besides the utter lack of accountability on the part of the politicians who enabled it.
It was missing songs. And dance! There was a parody musical of sorts in Houston a while back -- our wife still has the coffee mug from it -- but it didn't really take off.
Now there's a show that seems to be turning into a big hit in the London stage world, and rumors have it possibly coming to Broadway.
Enron, it's unimaginatively called, and it's directed by a guy who's done well-reviewed productions of Macbeth, Oliver! and King Lear.
Playbill's description is pretty sparse:
Based on real-life events and using music, dance and video, Enron explores one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world currently finds itself.
The big question: Who's playing our favorite Houstonians?
Ken Lay is played by Tim Pigott-Smith, who certainly sounds like he's a British actor. He played an evil dude in V for Vendetta who got killed by Face-Mask Guy.
Jeff Skilling is played by Samuel West, perhaps best-known for essaying Dr. Frankenstein in Van Helsing. (Possibly relevant dialogue from that bomb, if you substitute "Ken Lay" for "Count Dracula":
Dr. Victor Frankenstein: You said... you said you believed in my work.
Count Dracula: And I do. But now that it is, as you yourself have said, "A triumph of science over God", it must now serve my purpose.)
So not exactly a stellar cast, in terms of movie credits. Nevertheless, as Playbill reports in a language that is far too refined for us, "According to press information, 'plans are afoot for a production of Enron on Broadway in 2010.'"
No word was available on whether the production will include the scenic Houston mountains displayed in the TV movie Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (Starring Mike Farrell as Ken Lay!).