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Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank

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Former congressman Barney Frank assumed the role of a conservative senator when he made his stage debut yesterday, February 2, in Fiorello!, the opening musical of New York City Center's Encores!20th Anniversary season. BroadwayWorld spent some time with Frank and the cast backstage and brings you photos below!

A member of the Democratic Party, Barney Frank served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007-2011) and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry. Frank did not seek re-election in 2012 and retired from Congress at the end of his term in January 2013. Frank has expressed interest in serving temporarily in the United States Senate should John Kerry be confirmed Secretary of State. His role in Fiorello! could be a dress-rehearsal of sorts for a senator role.

Perhaps to prepare for his possible role as United States Senator, Frank made his stage debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Fiorello!, the story of New York City's Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's rise from an immigrant's son to the feisty congressman whose guts and determination to fight corruption brought down the crooked Tammany Hall political machine. Frank played an outspoken senator who disagrees with LaGuardia's policies.

Frank joined cast members Kate Baldwin, Jeremy Bobb, Ray DeMattis, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Adam Heller, Shuler Hensley, Richard Ruiz, Danny Rutigliano, Andrew Samonsky, Emily Skinner and Cheryl Stern as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! is directed by Gary Griffinwith choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances through today, February 3 at New York City Center.

Fiorello! has a book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it also won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank & husband Jim Ready

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Jim Ready

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank & husband Jim Ready

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Danny Rutigliano

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Danny Rutigliano with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Danny Rutigliano with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Rob Berman with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank & Director Gary Griffin

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank with husband Jim Ready & Director Gary Griffin with his partner

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Kate Baldwin with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Kate Baldwin

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Terrence McNally with his husband Tom Kirdahy

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Shuler Hensley with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Shuler Hensley

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Shuler Hensley with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Erin Dilly with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Erin Dilly with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Erin Dilly with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Erin Dilly with Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Terrence McNally with his husband Tom Kirdahy with Barney Frank with husband Jim Ready

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank
Barney Frank with husband Jim Ready

Photo Coverage: Backstage at FIORELLO! with Former Congressman Barney Frank

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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