Randy Rainbow parodies Russian American, Irving Berlin hit in “Putin and the Ritz”

By TheatreRat

TheOUTfront would like to apologize for yesterday’s comparison of Donald Trump to a cheese doodle.   We stand corrected; according to Randy Rainbow’s fancy new song parody “Putin and the Ritz,” he’s a actually a flaky cracker.

The original, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is  an Irving Berlin hit song.  Having been born in Russia and immigrated to America at the age of five, an Irving Berlin tune seems all the more on point for the razor sharp political satire of Randy Rainbow’s new parody.  In the ever widening Trump Administration’s scandalous affair with Russia, Randy tries to get to the bottom (or top as the case may be) in his interview with Southern cracker, Jeff Sessions.


For our die-hard show queen readers, 

Considered one of the most important composers in the “Great American Songbook,” Irving Berlin (1888 -1989) wrote 21 shows that have played on Broadway.  His first in 1914, Watch Your Step opened when he was just 26 years old.  Known as much for his individual hit songs as his stage and screen scores, Berlin wrote “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in 1927; published in 1929; and it became the title song of his second musical film in 1930.

TheatreRat is a contributor to theOUTfront and can be followed on Show-score

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