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Andy Kirshner: “Liberty’s Secret” in Playbill, University Record

September 12, 2016

Stamps Associate Professor Andy Kirshner recently discussed his new musical, Liberty’s Secret, in the University Record and Playbill.

Long before a reality television star became a presidential nominee, award-winning composer, theater artist and filmmaker Andy Kirshner was thinking about the close relationship between politics and popular entertainment.

Fascinated by the similarities between “statecraft” and “stagecraft,” and by the sophisticated science of political image-making, Kirshner, an associate professor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, set out to create a feature-length musical film about the song and dance of modern American politics.

The result — eight years later — is “Liberty’s Secret,” a satirical movie-musical in the grand tradition of Technicolor MGM movie-musicals and of balloon-filled, made-for-TV conventions.

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Andy Kirshner: “Liberty’s Secret” in Playbill, University Record

Cara AnnMarie and Jacléne Wilk in Liberty’s Secret (Key Art by Amanda Dine)