Tom Friedman: The Musical!

Atrios has an idea for any of you Broadway producers out there:

It’s the tale of a wealthy white American who travels the world, blissfully unaware that all of the wiley foreigners who flatter his every thought and deed are just in it for the tips.

All dialogue for the “Tom Friedman” character will be taken from the collected writings and public utterances of Tom Friedman. We’ve got a massive opening number, Bollywood style, sung by every cab driver Tom Friedman has ever met and quoted. Potential opener title: The World is Flat (but the roads are bumpy).

It’s a million dollar idea, I tell you. Heck I bet the mustache itself wins a Tony for Best Actor.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. John Burgess says:

    Were I Tom Friedman, I’d give it up now. Of course, Tom isn’t me, so he’s unlikely to do that. Maybe he has a lot of college tuition bills that he can’t bail on just yet…

  2. Montanareddog says:

    As a long-term member of the top lip bumfluff club, I’m getting mighty tired of all these moustache jokes.

    Mind you, mine (I hope) doesn’t make me look like a superannuated star of a 1980’s cultural product, unlike dear Tom’s