Video: Casting call for Rob Ford: The Musical

CityNews reporter Rima Kar was at the auditions Monday talking to the wannabe mayors


Toronto’s Factory Theatre is preparing for its run of Rob Ford: The Musical. On Monday in Toronto, the producers and playwright held an open casting call. Here’s what happened next:

TORONTO — Professional and amateur performers from as far away as Montreal and Ottawa showed up for an open casting for the upcoming Toronto stage show “Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of a Ford Nation.”

They tried out for the parts of Rob and Doug Ford as well as a character named Transgression.

Travis Hay of Toronto sang Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” during his audition for the role of the embattled Toronto mayor.

Hay said he hopes his resemblance to Ford will boost his chances.

And, Toronto-based Amber-Kelly Mackereth didn’t let her gender deter her from trying out for the role of Ford.

Brett McCaig and P. Joseph Regan are writing the book and lyrics while Anthony Bastianon is penning the music to the comical stage show.

With Ford’s life taking many unexpected turns, the latest being his treatment for an admitted alcohol problem, the creators said they’ve left the final few pages of the story blank as they wait to see what happens.

The show is set to run at Toronto’s Historic Factory Theatre in September.

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