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Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!

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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 was there 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 Griffin with 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: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Former congressman Barney Frank plays the role of a conservative senator as he makes his stage debut in 'Fiorello!', the opening musical of New York City Center's Encores! 20th Anniversary season on 2/2/2013

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!
Danny Rutigliano & Barney Frank

Photo Coverage: Former Congressman Barney Frank Makes Stage Debut in FIORELLO!

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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.