From her days as a print model in the ’60s to her decades spent building a vast media empire to her brief stint in federal prison, Martha Stewart has lived one hell of a crazy life. It’s only fitting, then, that her saga is getting the musical theater treatment. New York-based actor/writer Ryan Raftery will be bringing Stewart’s story to the stage later this year in a show he’s calling The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart. This is actually third installment of Raftery’s “Titans of Media” trilogy — previously, he performed similar musicals about Andy Cohen and Anna Wintour.
The new show will cover all the major phases of Martha’s life, including her recent friendship with Snoop Dogg, with songs that will be parodies of hits from artists like Beyonce, Metallica, and Adele. Raftery, who will also be playing the food media superstar, tells The Cut that he’s been researching all things Martha for the past nine months to find the best moments to bring to the stage. The actor remarks: “Martha Stewart does not have pet peeves... She has psychotic hatreds.”
The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart will be performed over five nights this summer at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Tickets for the August 7 premiere and the rest of the performances are now available online.
• Get Ready for the Martha Stewart Musical [The Cut]
• Ryan Raftery: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart [Joe’s Pub]