The announcement of a London musical called “Berlusconi,” depicting the turbulent life of Silvio Berlusconi through a feminist perspective and produced by Francesca Modi, the British “Fleabag” producer, prompted Italy’s Mediaset TV-turned-politician. on the project in his late-night satirical show.
The musical “Berlusconi”, which Modi described to The Guardian as “Evita” on acid, chronicles the three-time prime minister’s historical time in office, told from the perspective of three women who want to talk about their side of the story: Prosecutor Ilda Boccacini, who quarreled with Berlusconi’s lawyer in court for two decades. his second wife Veronica, whom he divorced after he attended the 18th birthday party of an aspiring Neapolitan model; and a fictional reporter said to be based on real journalists.
Berlusconi did not respond to news of the musical “Berlusconi”, which is set to open March 29 at London’s Southwark Playhouse Elephant and made headlines on Wednesday in the UK, Italy and elsewhere. However, Mediaset’s satirical show “Striscia La Notizia”, broadcast in primetime evening time on its main channel Canale 5, took note of his usual misogynistic style.
One of the hosts of the top-rated show during their opening banter on the news of the day described Berlusconi’s musical thusly: “Three women in his life will tell his story,” to which the other host replied: “Why only three?” The return was: “If they were all It would have been for an eight-season TV series!”
Berlusconi’s political career has been marred by numerous trials, a conviction for tax fraud, and sex scandals linked to his sex-fueled “Bunga Bunga” parties. Currently a senator in the Italian parliament – having been banned from parliament due to his conviction – he has recently come under scrutiny for his close ties to Vladimir Putin who Berlusconi himself revealed had in October received a vodka case for his birthday with a “very nice message”.
The musical Berlusconi is based on an original idea by Alan Hayling, current co-chairman of Renegade Pictures in London and former head of documentation at the BBC. Directed by James Grieve, former Artistic Director of Paines Plow, the UK’s National Theater for New Plays.
The show will feature what Moody described as “soaring pop, Eurotrash-style beats and songs” with titles including “For Italy”, “Bunga Bunga”, “Thank You Silvio” and “Weekend with Vladimir”.