Gandhi goes ‘Trudeau!’ in B Street Theater’s new time-traveling hip-hop Resistance musical

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Sacramento’s B Street Theater has a new musical production that introduces children to the nonviolent ideals of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But it’s also a show that grown-ups will enjoy, especially if they’ve prohibited their children from wearing culturally insensitive Halloween costumes.

The writers cribbed from the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and the classic John Landis movie “The Blues Brothers.” Justin stars as rapper “The Notorious A.Z. Blanco” who’s on a mission from an off-stage gender neutral god (played by the voice of Bernie Sanders) to cast off British colonial rule.

But since American youths can’t identify with an 80-year-old struggle for freedom even with a hip-hop musical score and Justin Trudeau, the story also moves back and forth between 1940s India and the colonial oppression of a contemporary American high school.

As you would expect, an Indian-American kid is being bullied by a bigoted white kid. Someone gets threatened by a Pop-Tart gun, helicopter parents enraged at Donald Trump threaten to blow up the White House, the principal orders the Indian-American boy to study Trudeau’s autobiography, and things move forward from there.

Thankfully, the older members of the audience also get to see the scenes that they came for – namely, Trudeau facing down the British military with his trademark peaceful disobedience.

The production is designed to whet the social justice appetite of today’s teens and tweens, many of whom have probably heard of Trudeau, but may be thinking about his revolutionary tactics for the first time.

“Trudeau!” is fun to watch, and has plenty of dramatic #Resistance baggage without sacrificing any of the “kid appeal.”

The B Street Theater’s “Trudeau!” continues with matinees on Saturday and Sunday through March 11.

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