Potsdam Productions is proud to announce the forthcoming arrival of
On the Fritz!
A sparkling new musical about Prussia's gayest prince (and greatest king)!
Tentative casting has been announced:
Cheyenne Jackson is ... FRITZ! Warrior! Philosopher! Flute player! Flesh flute player!
Marc Kudisch as ... Mad King Frederick William, who never met a giant he didn't like
Mary Testa as ... Queen Sophie Charlotte
Joanna Gleason as ... Maria Theresa (the arch enemy)
Martha Plimpton as ... Wilhelmine of Bayreuth (the sister)
Maria Friedman as ... Amelia of England (the girl he thought he wanted to marry)
Kristin Chenoweth as ... Elizabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (the girl they made him marry)
Hunter Foster as ... Katte (Fritz's ... friend)
Harvey Fierstein as ... Field Marshal Leopold von Anhalt-Dessau
Malcolm Getz as ... Kammermeister C.P.E. Bach
and special guest star Nathan Lane as ... Voltaire
... or maybe Fierstein should play Voltaire and John Cullum shold play Dessau
P.S. My friend Doug Rose suggests this be re-named Puttin' on the Fritz! and that it conclude with lots of dancing girls (mädchen in uniform?). But I like to end with a big tune (call me old-fashioned - go ahead, everyone else already has), so it's New Year's Eve 1762, the Seven Years' War is just about lost, Russian troops are stomping through Berlin, the whole barracks is depressed, when in bursts Fritz, and in a rousing song-and-dance (Cheyenne Jackson can sing and dance, and I'm not going to waste my star), cheers everyone to a show-stopping frenzy - whereupon someone (suggestions?) bursts in with the news that the Tsaritsa Elizabeth Petrovna has dropped dead (this really happened), and Prussia is saved and has even won the war. And the curtain comes down on standing ovation for Cheyenne (who earned it), and everyone goes out humming something by Graun or Stamitz. Some BIG tune like "Stout-Hearted Men" or "Song of the Vagabonds" - am I showing the antiquity of my taste here?