Trump - the opera
The Rise and Fall of
Ronald P. Glumpf
libretto and music by Roger Rudenstein
music director - Paul Dykstra
recording - Kish Studios
Ronald P. Glumpf - Will Prapestis, baritone
Penny Politick - Melissa Manseau, soprano
Lyin' Ted - Wendell Purrington, tenor
Little Marco - Katherin Kneisley, soprano
Carly - Erin Smith, soprano
Lazy Jeb, Glen Beck - David Evans, baritone
Bully Chris, Glumpf's Father, Plato the Zombie
Ryne Cherry, bass-baritone
Angry Woman 1, Reporter - Angelynne Hinson, soprano
Angry Woman 2 , Sarah Palin - Melinda McMahon
The Devil - Eric Perry, tenor
Various spoken parts - Paul Dykstra
The first music theater work to take on Donald Trump’s bizarre run for the presidency has launched on the Internet and is available for free listening or download.
“I got sick of listening to this blowhard and his ignorant excuse-making surrogates,” says Glumpf composer Roger Rudenstein, “and I just had to do something about it.” Rudenstein is an award-winning composer with a cross over bent whose works have been nominated several times for a Grammy as well as the Pulitzer Prize.
“The result was this opera/music theater piece about Ronald P. Glumpf, a guy, who like Trump, runs on a hate-filled platform, lies all the time, is a bully and says a lot of things that sound just like The Donald. He even has an alter-ego spokesman who praises his sexual prowess.
Rudenstein wrote the book and composed the music in just a few weeks. “The idea of a major party candidate whose first act in office would be to deport 10 million people helped inspire me in a negative kind of way,” he said. “As a Jew, I can relate to how these so-called illegals are feeling when bigots like Trump want to categorize them as bad people and ethnically cleanse them from our country.”
“It’s a funny piece,” said Dykstra, the music director for Glumpf. “There are moments in it that I want to make my ringtone.”