Martha Stewart's Life Is Getting the Musical Treatment, Because of Course

Martha Stewart's Life Is Getting the Musical Treatment, Because of Course

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Susmita Baral
Jun 22, 2017
(Image credit: Ryan Raftery)

After giving the lives of Anna Wintour and Andy Cohen the Broadway treatment, Ryan Raftery is slated to take on Martha Stewart in a play this summer in New York City. Titled The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart, the third installment of the "Titans of Media" trilogy reportedly took nine months of research and preparation.

"What other titan — Andy is a very powerful guy, Anna Wintour is a very powerful woman — is on her level that I could do a show about?" Raftery, who plays Stewart in the musical, tells the Cut. "It really didn't take long to land on America's favorite purveyor of perfectionism."

While the show starts with Stewart reporting to prison, the musical goes back to her youth and even spotlights her friendship with Snoop Dogg. There are 12 parody songs from renowned artists like Beyoncé, Adele, Metallica, and Bruno Mars.

According to the show's description, "The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart tells the fascinating story of the woman who changed the way we live our lives by daring us to try harder. From her humble beginnings in Nutley, New Jersey, to her empire-building years in Westport, Connecticut, to her highly publicized stint in federal prison, this is a chronicle of epically blind ambition set to the music of artists as varied as Beyonce, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele, and Metallica."

There will be five performances of the show this summer — August 7, 22 & 28, and September 11 & 12 — at Joe's Pub.

Related: Which Martha Stewart Era Are You?

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