"What's going on here?" Mayor Oscar Goodman demanded. "This is ridiculous. If you are making fun of me, if this is defamatory, I'm going to own you. I'm going to sue you and I'm going to take everything that you have."
But Goodman soon made nice when star Derek Stonebarger pointed out the production was about a man named Oscar Goodfella and handed the mayor a martini.
"A toast to Oscar Goodfella," Goodman said, raising the glass. "At least its not a eulogy. I think it's terrific. All I know is they have a beautiful lady playing my beautiful lady, so that's beautiful."
Murphy then asked the mayor what he thought of Oscar Goodfella.
"I don't like him at all," Goodman responded jokingly. "This Goodfella fella... If I saw that in the mirror I'd get sick."
Goodman quickly added that he was really "looking forward to this." As his reign as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe” soon comes to a close, theatre7 hopes to help send him out with a bang.
Starting May 14 and running through the June 7 city election, which could very well see Oscar’s wife Carolyn become the next mayor, theatre7 (1406 South 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104) will be presenting OSCAR: A Good Man, a comedy inspired by the life and times of the modern day Las Vegas icon.
“It’s about a colorful and controversial trial lawyer that goes on to become a gin-loving mayor of Las Vegas, but our character is no relation to Oscar Goodman,” Stonebarger joked of his role as Oscar Goodfella. “Seriously, it’s a fun and light-hearted tribute to Mayor Goodman that also acknowledges Carolyn as the strong woman behind the man.”
Written and directed by Ryan Eicher, the historical production is a hybrid play that mixes live theatre with video clips. In addition to Stonebarger, Eicher plays a slew of characters, as does Janell Kelley, while Paige Billiot stars as Carolyn Goodfella. Morgen Weaver plays Oscar as a child. Stonebarger and Billiot also portray Oscar's parents.
The entire cast appeared on KVVU Fox 5's morning newscast via live segments at theatre7 from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. Wednesday. Goodman stopped by around 7:30 a.m. He was then treated to a sneak peek of the play before heading off to a meeting about the Mob Museum.
"I got my legal papers in my back pocket here, ready to serve you if I see anything that is defamatory that is going to ruin my reputation any more than its been ruined," Goodman said.
After the mayor left, the cast and crew of theatre7 wasn't quite sure what to make of the visit.
"I think he might be serious about suing us," Stonebarger said.
"All I know is I was shaking," Eicher said. "Regardless, the show will go on."
For more information on OSCAR: A Good Man or to buy advanced tickets, visit http://www.theatre7lv.com/
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