An upcoming musical, centering around the late John McCain, is already facing criticism from the senator’s daughter, who says the bizarre plot is “gross.”
“The Ghost of John McCain,” takes place shortly after his death, finding the ghost of the Vietnam War veteran trapped inside the brain of Donald Trump, as the former president works to win the approval of the GOP establishment.
The production, written by Scott Elmegreen, had an invitation-only table read near Times Square last week, and a theater in New York City is planning a run of the show.
However, Meghan McCain, the late senator’s daughter, told the New York Post, “I am not going to see it. I am grossed out by the entire concept. … My dad hated musicals. My dad liked comedies and old war movies and cowboy movies. I am trying not to let it upset me, but I think it’s gross and I have no interest in seeing it.
“How would you feel if you were me?” she continued. “Your dead dad died and in the afterlife, he’s living in Trump’s brain? Give me a break. You think I’m going to like something like that?
“I want nothing to do with any of this,” McCain concluded.
Director Marya Mazor insisted the play was “a unique psychological exploration of power, rivalry, and the human condition.”
Mazor said that the play will “use McCain’s story in conjunction with the story of Donald Trump to tell a more theatrical tale about ethics and how to live an ethical life in a culture in which the price of winning can seem to make that impossible,”
Mazor is a veteran director whose work on a California production of “Fun Home” was praised by the Los Angeles Times in 2020.
“It’s not a polemical piece, with a one-sided point of view. It’s not an anti-Trump screed,” she said. “It’s something looking more broadly as a society, and how we have changed as a culture.”
The musical features a Greek Chorus of notable extras, who will portray Hillary Clinton, late Trump attorney Roy Cohn, late Argentine first lady Eva Perón, President Teddy Roosevelt, Sen. Lindsey Graham and others.
McCain, a longtime Republican senator, died of brain cancer in 2018. He frequently sparred with Trump in his final years in office.
Trump once dismissed McCain’s years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, saying, “I like people who weren’t captured,” while McCain often blasted Trump’s performance as president.
However, after McCain passed, Trump posted a tribute to the late senator, writing on Twitter, “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
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