Casting Call Goes Out for Rob Ford Musical

'Gravy train meets the crazy train' in new production

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 13, 2014 2:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – This could be the role of a lifetime for the right person, although method acting might be a bad idea: The producers of Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of a Ford Nation have issued an open casting call in Toronto on Monday for roles including that of the crack-smoking mayor, reports the National Post. The production, set to open Sept. 15, bills itself as "an unabashed, take-no-prisoners comedy" about Ford's personal and political life, where the "gravy train meets the crazy train."

For the Ford role, producers are looking for somebody "25-40's, strong singer and comedic ability," although they won't need to match the mayor's generous proportions, the Washington Post notes. Casting will be "color blind" and no resemblance to the mayor is needed. Other roles include the mayor's brother Doug—and a transvestite. In other Ontario news, Ford foe Kathleen Wynne has been elected as premier, the Globe and Mail reports. She is the province's first female leader and Canada's first openly gay premier. On the campaign trail, the Liberal evoked Ford to criticize both of her main rivals.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacts as he speaks to his supporters during his re-election campaign launch in Toronto, on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacts as he speaks to his supporters during his re-election campaign launch in Toronto, on Thursday, April 17, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Mayor Rob Ford addresses city council members in Toronto last fall.
Mayor Rob Ford addresses city council members in Toronto last fall.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks in Ottawa earlier this year.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks in Ottawa earlier this year.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
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