"Anglo, The Musical" about Anglo Irish Bank to hit Dublin in November
Massive pre-sales indicate a hit in the making about rogue bank
"Anglo, The Musical," an Irish stage production about the collapse of the Anglo Irish Bank, is due to open at a Dublin theatre in November. According to the BBC, the show has already sold 40% of the 10,000 tickets for its five-night run.
The makers of the production decided it was time to make a song and dance comedy out the real-life scandal. The main players in the show are played by puppets.
Darren Smith, producer and co-creator of the show, described it as "an across the board, long overdue roast of the boom and bust years" and said it was "in many ways, "Celtic Tiger, The Musical."
"We're kind of an equal opportunities mickey-taker. So obviously the politicians, the bankers, the builders, the developers and all those will be getting it, but so will the cab driver who bought four houses in countries like Bulgaria, though they didn't even know where they were," said Smith.
Songs in the show include "Put a Zero On The End, He's A Friend" and "Where Have All The Fat Telly's Gone?"
Thee production team also includes writers Johnny Morrison, Colm Tobin and Paul Howard, whose other comic creations include Dustin the Turkey, the puppet which represented Ireland in the 2008 Eurovision song contest.
Darren Smith said the idea for the show was first conceived about a year and a half ago, and "was probably one of those ideas that should have stayed in the pub."
He added they have been taken aback by the interest from the Irish public.
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