In what appears to be the Iraqi version of Urinetown: The Musical, Sadr City, Who's Taking out the Trash - The Musical is opening to sell out crowds in the one theater still open sometimes in Baghdad's once thriving theater district.
The raucous musical comedy, in an Avenue Q moment, has Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch as the narrator. Oscar provides constant commentary on the decline of Iraqi life since the American savior's second coming.
In an R and B number the cast bemoans: "That Old Man Tigris Euphrates, Just Keeps Rolling with Blood." A comic take-off from Sound of Music has the Iraqi parliament singing:" How Do You Solve A Problem Like Bush-Cheney?"
US troops in drag perform a wild dance number styled after Westside Story:" I Want To be In America!" A touching moment of melodrama has General Petraeus crooning " No One Going To Harm You, Not While I'm Around" in a graveyard of Iraqi civilians. The sentimental ballad ends with a scene of US body bags being loaded on a transport that flies Petraeus out of Iraq to his new assignment.
Rumor has it that the rising hit will come to a London theater soon after the British troops finish their escape from Basra. NY Broadway producers are awaiting news of the next American Presidency before they are willing to sign any contracts.