Broadway has made no secret of its displeasure with the Trump administration. There was the “Hamilton” incident, when the cast of the hit musical addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the stage. There are the jokes slipped into shows (a recent revival of “Miss Saigon” added a “Make America Great Again” gag). There are the implicit critiques (“1984”) and the explicit (Michael Moore’s “The Terms of My Surrender”).
Now comes something different — and more freighted.
One of Broadway’s most powerful theater owners and producers, Jordan Roth, kicked off a raunchily comedic web video series on Thursday with a first installment that refers to Mr. Trump as “a national disgrace” and manages to allude to his combover hair style and his imagined penis size while critiquing a focus on personal appearances (“let’s take the focus off of looks and keep our insults humane”).
Mr. Roth said the series, called “The Birds and the BS,” is intended to address the cultural coarsening that has accompanied the Trump era, reminding adults of the courtesies they learned as children, but using pungent language to attract attention, both to the videos and the broader issue.
“We need a kids’ show for us, to remind ourselves of these basic human decencies in the complicated adult world that we now swim in, and if we can do that with a laugh and a catchy tune and a little bit of shock, then we might actually watch it, and then think about it,” he said.