A musical in Des Moines Iowa takes a farcical look at the first-in-the-nation presidential voting process and the chaos that surrounds it. Julie Noce reports.
Gregory Millar adjusts his hair piece and warms up his pout before heading to the stage at a theatre in Des Moines, Iowa. His character, Ronald Blunt, is loosely based on one of the Republican presidential candidates. Can you guess which one? (nats: AMERICA, I'M IN, YOU'RE WELCOME!) Millar is just one of the 23 cast members of this year's production of "Caucus, The Musical". Creator and producer Robert John Ford says the play pokes fun at Iowa's caucus circus. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CREATOR AND PRODUCER, ROBERT JOHN FORD, SAYING: "And it's such an exciting process. In no way am I trying to make fun of the process itself but everything that leads up to it just gets more and more absurd and surreal so it's just - that's what I'm trying to reflect on the stage." The first production was back in 2004 and has gained in popularity with each presidential election cycle. This year's performance features new songs, new scenes, and new characters. (nats: WHO PUT THE "ME", AND WHO PUT THE " I " IN AMERICA?) For Gregory Millar, playing Ronald Blunt was both liberating and unorthodox. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR GREGORY MILLAR, SAYING: "...and the fact that he doesn't understand sometimes what he's saying and gets to offend people. It's a great role. I get to offend people and I don't do that in real life." Iowa will hold its caucus on Monday February 1st. The play will run through next week.