The Donald Trump story is a fairy tale for the modern day. It is the fascinating account of how an egotistical man-ape with an IQ approaching double figures can fail his way to the top.
Springtime For Donald traces the career trajectory from small-time billionaire to President. It is truly a riches-to-riches story that cannot fail to warm the cockles of even the most hard-hearted Liberal.
The show opens with the feelgood overture “Springtime For Donald”, set on inauguration day. It then looks back over Trump’s dodgy deals, money laundering and bankruptcies. The plot hinges on the device that Trump, the eternal failure who doesn’t know the meaning of the word, would be guaranteed to lose a race to the White House. His impoverished backers, Mikhail Antonov and Vladimir Vladivostok, would then be able to make vast sums of money on the back of the deal.
The first half ends with the triumphant “Trump Is The Word”. This is accompanied by a full chorus, and a Busby Berkeley-style dance at the end of which the dancers spell the word “Trump!”. The curtain falls, and a lengthy game of crazy golf is played on stage during the interval.
The second half traces Trump’s presidency, as his backers scrabble with the reality of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. “I was so careful!” exclaims Vladivostok. “I picked the wrong candidate, the wrong campaign, the wrong team. Where did I go RIGHT?”
The ballad “Golden Thrones, Golden Showers” follows, before the show-stopping “Fake News”. A brief moment of self-reflection with “Don’t Let The Sunbed Go Down On Me” segues into “My Way”. After a brief reprise of “Springtime For Donald”, the show ends with the audience singing along to “Make America Great Again” as Antonov and Vladivostok are dragged off to prison.
“This is a fantastic show,” said LCD’s Satirical Revues reviewer. “It gives hope to every failure hoping not to lead a major nation on the back of Daddy’s fortune. Catch it while you can!”