An ‘E&P’ Musical Hits Chicago (Huh?)

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By: E&P Staff

A special performance of the new musical “Campaign of the Century,” based on the 1992 Random House book by E&P Editor Greg Mitchell, will close the two-week Chicago Humanities Festival on Sunday night. Tony Award winner Michael Rupert stars as Upton Sinclair, the famed novelist and muckraking journalist.

The book, winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize, recounts Sinclair’s uproarious campaign for governor of California in 1934. Sinclair swept the Democratic primary before being derailed by what Mitchell calls “the birth of the modern political campaign,” dominated by advertising and publicity experts, attack ads, and Hollywood. Among the featured players: press barons William Randolph Hearst and Harry Chandler of the Los Angeles Times, and columnists H.L. Mencken, Will Rogers, and Westbrook Pegler.

The musical, penned by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, will debut at the Merle Reskin Theater at DePaul University.

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