(Rochester, N.Y.) – Front Porch Politics: A Musical Entertainment, the acclaimed humorous performance featuring parody lyrics to Broadway showtunes, was presented for the fourth time in New York State last night at Rochester’s Lyric Theatre, with a tribute to the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
Written and directed by Rachel Lampert, the show features humorous songs and scenes that bring alive voter participation in local politics. The actors and artists developed this production as their unique way of supporting the clean government organization, Trailblazers PAC, which mentors and donates funds to county and municipal political candidates of any party, anywhere in the country, who choose to follow higher standards than law requires.
“What better way is there than a mini-musical to share the work of this important organization? We have a talented cast and crew who all join my belief in Trailblazers PAC’s mission. Politics certainly has enough drama to inspire a good show, and it was a delightfully challenging task to blend theater and politics,” said Rachel Lampert.
“Congresswoman Slaughter famously said she got her start running for Monroe County Legislator and she won on her third try. She was a great supporter of Trailblazers PAC when we launched in 2017, because she knew how significant town and county officeholders are in people’s day-to-day lives,” said Leslie Danks Burke, president and founder of Trailblazers PAC. “With Trailblazers PAC celebrating two years of growth and hundreds of local-level candidates served across the country, it was an honor to bring this humorous musical performance to Louise’s hometown in tribute to her commitment to honest government.”
Special guest Sandra Frankel, former Brighton Town Supervisor and past candidate for Monroe County Executive and New York Lieutenant Governor, joined the cast onstage to provide a special tribute to Congresswoman Slaughter.
“Front Porch Politics: A Musical Entertainment” featured seven parody broadway showtunes under musical director Travis Knapp, originally performed at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca. The performance was sponsored by Congressman Joe Morelle, and Linda and Joe Hanna, and co-hosted by local community members Meghan Callan Wagner, Richard Glaser, Tracy Jong, and Pittsford Town Board member and 2017 endorsed Trailblazer Stephanie Townsend.
Ithaca-based actors zealously perform parody broadway showtunes during Tuesday night’s performance of “Front Porch Politics: A Musical Entertainment.”
A full crowd at Rochester’s Lyric Theatre enjoys the humorous musical numbers written and directed by Rachel Lampert and Travis Knapp of Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre.