Entertainment behind the scenes
Will Ferrell treads Broadway boards as ex-President Bush
Ferrell opens on Broadway this week playing the role he made famous on during the 2000 U.S. presidential elections on “Saturday Night Live” — President George W. Bush — in “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush.”
For 90 minutes Ferrell swaggers around the stage as Bush, taking the audience through a condensed version of his life and eight years as president, referring to his successor President Barack Obama as “the Tiger Woods guy.”
A dancing secret service agent who doesn’t speak during the performance is played by Ferrell’s brother Patrick and there is a brief yet explosive appearance by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Ferrell, who has starred in movies such as “Talladega Nights” and “Elf,” got a standing ovation at Monday night’s performance of the show which officially opens on Broadway on Thursday and runs until March 15.