Starr-struck singers stage Monica musical
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From Paul Vercammen
HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- Many people across America are relieved that the impeachment trial of President Clinton is finally over. But not everyone is done with the story: The curtain is just going up on "Starr Struck," a musical about the affair now playing in Hollywood.
"We've got rip-roaring songs" -- among them, one called "Sweaty Sex" -- "and great choreography, and cute girls, and you just can't beat that," says actor Harry Murphy, who plays independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the show.
From scandal in the nation's capital to music in the world's entertainment capital, the Hollywood production is complete with characters such as Linda Tripp, and of course, President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
Michael Halpin, who portrays Clinton, says of the play, "It's just like you were on a fellow who made a mistake, and we're going to show you how it all happened."
If Monica's singing sounds rather sweet in the walk-in closet of a playhouse currently housing the production, consider the romance that spawned her: Tricia Lee Fisher is the daughter of singers Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher.
She slipped easily into the Monica role -- as she says, "I did feel that I would probably play her in the movie of the week when they did one."
And why not? She played Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss in a movie of the week, too. What is it about her and scandal? "I don't know. It finds me," she jokes.
"Starr Struck"'s co-creator, Alan Jay Glueckman, wrote the show's lyrics borrowing heavily from transcripts and news reports. His pointed pen jabs at House Republicans for their role in the saga.
"They are truly zealots, and they don't care what the American people feel," Glueckman says. "They're going to go and do what they're going to do. That to me is much more bizarre, because out here in the heartland, we're human beings, and we understand people as human beings. But there, they're just political symbols."
"Starr Struck" suggests the Clinton/Lewinsky saga is the 20th century's greatest song and dance.
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