I’m constantly reposting Paul Rudnick’s brutal tweets, many aimed at Ivanka Trump as well as his political commentary on the Trump era.
But you might also know off-Broadway play, Jeffery, a comedic take on the AIDS crisis. He wrote scripts for Sister Act, Addams Family Values, In & Out, and the remake of The Stepford Wives.
Now Rudnick returns to his roots with the new HBO special Coastal Elites, helmed by Bombshell director Jay Roach. The show features five actors–Bette Midler, Issa Rae, Dan Levy, Kaitlyn Dever and Sarah Paulson– playing a character coping with the ongoing COVID crisis, as well as the chaos of the Trump Presidency.
Check out Midler’s chat with Rudnick for The New Yorker Radio Hour.
His next big outing: a musical version of The Devil Wears Prada with music by Elton John. Coastal Elites premiers tonight on HBO Max, September 12.
Rudnick told Queerty,
“Well, it sort of burst forth about a year ago. I began working on the material sort of because I couldn’t stay away.
I was still responding to our national anxiety attack. Everybody I knew—the second we got together on the phone, or online—people were angry and so heartbroken. And that’s on every side of the political divide. They were just so passionately involved in the political life of the country. And I thought it was something I needed to write about…”
(Photos, HBO; via Queerty)