The Fix Premiers at ICT in April

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The Fix

The Fix begins a four-week run on April 27 at International City Theatre.

Just as the 2012 presidential race heats up, International City Theatre (ICT) presents the West Coast premiere of a hard-boiled, darkly comic, Olivier Award-nominated rock musical about the American political machine. With book and lyrics by John Dempsey and music by Dana P. Rowe, The Fix begins a four-week run on April 27 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

U.S. senator and popular presidential candidate Reed Chandler has died in the arms of his mistress. His widow, Violet, determined that “if I can’t be the wife of the president I’ll be his mother,” and her brother-in-law, political king maker Grahame Chandler, thrust her son Cal into the political spotlight. 

Together, they shepherd Cal through races for city council and the governorship, always with an eye on the final prize – president of the Unites States. Driven by a powerful rock score, The Fix tells a cynical and darkly comic tale of one of the most dysfunctional almost-first families this side of real life Washington politics.

Randy Brenner is at the helm, with musical direction by Darryl Archibald, choreography by Heather Castillo, and Sal Mistretta reprising his Helen Hayes Award-winning role as Uncle Grahame. Low-priced previews take place on April 24, 25 and 26.

“It’s funny how the parallels in the script came to pass in so many ways in terms of Clinton, but, it’s also funny to think of it—the dimwitted son in a political dynasty with a substance abuse problem— in terms of Bush,” said John Dempsey in a recent interview with BroadwayWorld. “The inspiration for The Fix came sort of two-fold. We had kicked around this idea of doing Caligula as a rock opera. I was living in Youngstown, Ohio, and there is a very colorful politician up there who was in trouble—he was going to prison or something—so, I started to think, ‘What if you blew it up to national politics and you used the Caligula story?’ And, the idea of a political mother that is that awful is not new, of course – it’s equally inspired, I suppose, by Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate.”

The Fix runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 2 pm, April 27—May 20, with previews on Tues., April 24; Wed., April 25; and Thurs., April 26 @ 8 pm. Tickets are $37 on Thursdays, and $44 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except opening night (April 27) which is $55 and includes a reception with the actors; preview tickets are $29. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. To purchase tickets, call (562) 436-4610 or visit

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