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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Most public figures retreat from the public eye after they've been disgraced, at least for a while, but not the former governor of Illinois. Rod Blagojevich keeps making the rounds. Here he is on David Letterman earlier this week.

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Late Show with David Letterman")

Mr. DAVID LETTERMAN (Host): Why exactly are you here? Honest to god, what…

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. ROD BLAGOJEVICH (Former Illinois Governor): Well, you know, I've been wanting to be on your show in the worst way for the longest time.

Mr. LETTERMAN: Well, you're on in the worst way, believe me.

Mr. BLAGOJEVICH: I sure am.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIEGEL: And if the reality of Illinois politics is not absurd enough, next week, the Blagojevich saga comes to the stage. The legendary Chicago comedy troupe The Second City premieres its rock opera, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar." Kelly Leonard, one of the show's creators, gave us a preview.

(Soundbite of rock opera, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar")

(Soundbite of singing)

Mr. KELLY LEONARD (Rock Opera Creator): Like all great theatrical ideas, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar" started with drinking. We were having our holiday party at the Second City and we said, wouldn't it be great to do a '70s rock opera about Blagojevich?

(Soundbite of rock opera, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar")

Unidentified Group (Actors): (Singing) Rod Blagojevich superstar, are you as nuts as we think you are? A day of reckoning you will meet, what idiot sells a Senate seat?

Mr. LEONARD: It really fit into this sort of overblown, would-be messiah who's kind of just a naive, arrogant and vain buffoon.

(Soundbite of rock opera, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar")

Unidentified Man #1 (Actor): (As Rod Blagojevich, singing) I fought some fights in the Golden Gloves and played some basketball. I'd have made the NBA if they took white guys who aren't tall. But even that did not deter me.

Mr. LEONARD: Three years ago, I was taking my kids trick-or-treating, and we went to the governor's house, as we often do, and he's standing outside, and he's just in his regular, sort of, weekend clothes or whatever, and another parent says to him, hey Governor, what are you dressed as? And he said, an honest politician. It actually happened.

(Soundbite of rock opera, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar")

Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (Singing) Bears seats on the 50-yard line, and eat at Gibson's for free. Don't pay another parking ticket. Just listen closely to me. You'll have ward buses and precinct captains in your hands. It's not as far off as it seems. Join the machine.

Mr. LEONARD: We talked about this backstage, and we all think that the former governor will probably come to the show. As weird as that sounds, it feels to us like he's the type of guy who would come to the show, laugh his head off and go backstage for a photo op with the cast.

(Soundbite of rock opera, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar")

Unidentified Man #3 (Actor): Your administration is over. Can't you get that through your noggin?

Unidentified Man #1: Well, you believe that if you want, but for me, I'm going jogging.

(Singing) When the press is on your case, it surely makes you frown. Don't put up with all their flogging. Kick up your heels and go jogging. Jogging soothes the mind and is good for the...

SIEGEL: Kelly Leonard is one of the creators of "Rod Blagojevich Superstar." The show opens at the Second City in Chicago next week. Our story was produced with help from Chicago Public Radio's Ben Calhoun.

(Soundbite of rock opera, "Rod Blagojevich Superstar")

Unidentified Man #1: (Singing) Jogging lets the wind blow through your sexy hair. It really gives your mind a little spark. Jogging in Chicago can be safe and sound, as long as you're not walking Lincoln Park. All the world's been hanging me. Where is my fair trial? Just as everyone's leap-frogging, screw them 'cause I'm jogging. Jogging makes you feel like…

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