CHICAGO – Standing on a chair with his arms raised as if he were being crucified, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opened a comedy show Saturday evening lampooning the rise and fall of his own political career.
Blagojevich, who has pleaded not guilty to wide-ranging federal corruption charges, made what one cast member described as a "surreal" guest appearance on The Second City's "Rod Blagojevich Superstar."
The show, a takeoff of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar," was supposed to end June 14. But production officials extended the show — which portrays Blagojevich as greedy, tactless and hair-obsessed — to Aug. 9 because performances kept selling out.
A full house cheered as Blagojevich, who was removed from office in January, appeared on stage.