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Rod Blagojevich Superstar!
Rod Blagojevich Superstar!

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Hair we go again...

The Second City is just as befuddled as you are by the headlines that self-described “political prisoner” and “Trumpocrat” Rod Blagojevich has been released from prison and is back home in Chicago. To commemorate the former governor’s commuted sentence, The Second City will resurrect the show no one thought would see the light of day again. Following the rise and spectacularly bizarre fall of the disgraced former Illinois governor, the ripped-from-the-headlines rock opera will return for one night only as a special concert performance fundraiser for both The Second City Alumni Fund and Gilda’s Club Chicago.

Rod Blagojevich Superstar! was written by Second City Mainstage alum Ed Furman (book) and T.J. Shanoff (music and lyrics), who will be adding updates to the original material based on the new twists and turns to Blago’s story. The 2008/2009 cast included Joey Bland as “Rod Blagojevich” and Lori McClain as “Patti Blagojevich,” both of whom will reprise their roles in April. Additional casting--much like Blago himself--will be released sooner than later.

This unforgettable evening will be hosted by Andy Borowitz, New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor. Creator of the online satirical humor column The Borowitz Report, the celebrated humorist has appeared on National Public Radio, VH1, and Comedy Central. Borowitz has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (The Daily Beast), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS Sunday Morning).

About Gilda’s Club Chicago

Founded to honor the late Second City and SNL legend Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club Chicago was founded with the mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Gilda’s Club Chicago serves everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends. Their innovative program, including more than 300 free activities each month, is an essential complement to medical care and offers support and networking groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops, resource referrals, and social opportunities.

Visit the Club’s website at or call (312) 464-9900 for more information or to make a donation.

About The Second City Alumni Fund

The Second City Alumni Fund is a resource for performers, technicians, support staff, and other members of the creative and production teams associated with The Second City who are experiencing critical health and financial challenges. With over $1 million raised since its inception, SCAF has had the privilege of helping dozens of members of the SCTV and Second City families. Over the last decade, the money has gone to alleviate the financial hardships of circumstances that include emergency surgery costs, cancer treatment and medication expenses, and addiction rehabilitation services.


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Rod Blagojevich Superstar!


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230 W. North Ave
Chicago IL, 60614

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April 2 @ 7PM

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1959 Kitchen + Bar | Shareable small plates emphasizing sustainable, regional ingredients and craft cocktails. Located on the 2nd floor of Piper’s Alley, seconds away from the theaters.


Roots Handmade Pizza | Authentic Quad Cities-style pizza, hand-crafted comfort food, built-to-order salads, and a Midwest-only beer list on the ground floor of Piper’s Alley.


Utopian Tailgate | Eclectic all-season rooftop bar and restaurant offering breathtaking skyline views, elevated eats, whimsical drinks, and non-stop fun and games. Elevator located on the ground floor of Piper’s Alley.


In Theater Dining | During our shows, we offer small bites and a wide selection of drinks–including a good dose of local craft beers. The Second City does *not* require a minimum drink purchase.


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The Second City provides accessible parking and seating at every performance. Parking is available at 230 W. North Ave. in Piper’s Alley Self Park. Each theater is equipped with wheelchair accessible and/or companion seats.

Assistive listening devices are available upon request.

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With a sleek retro vibe that pays homage to The Second City's rich history, 1959 Kitchen & Bar features a little something for everyone. Emphasizing sustainable, organic, and regional ingredients, the menu ranges from savory pub fare to elevated options.


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