He wanted to be famous and created a whole genre of celebrity who does absolutely nothing. When I was doing the Anna Wintour show, I’d already decided I was going to do Andy next. And he actually invited me to to be the bartender, as Anna Wintour. So I made a list of people to do, and pretty quickly I knew it had to be Martha. I’d love to do a musical about Mariah Carey, but the weird thing about doing a musical about a musician, is it creates this weird problem of, “Do you use their music? I’m not saying everyone needs to be instantly attracted to an intelligent, rich famous person. Andy is a television executive who gave himself his own talk show.That’s something I felt very interesting and telling.
She was really targeted for being a successful woman, and made the poster child for corporate greed, even though Enron, and a lot of that stuff was going on at the time.
When Wintour's daughter attended opening night of Raftery's cabaret about her mother, he was catapaulted into international spotlight, and what has unfurled since is a story that involves everyone from Bravo's opens Monday, August 7 at Joe's Pub, with five New York performances before it travels to Los Angeles.
We sat down with the creator, writer, and star of the cabaret to hear the full journey of his ascendance from aspiring musical theater actor to celebrated celebrity impersonator. In the Anna Wintour show, there’s a song about her almost getting fired for putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover, and I got to thinking about how reality TV, for better or worse, affects us. And when it comes to reality TV, there’s really only two producer names that come to mind immediately, and that’s Ryan Seacrest and Andy Cohen.
Ryan Raftery's story begins like so many: an aspiring Broadway star struggling to find work, but frustrated with the audition process and his day job.
Luckily, that's where the traditional struggling actor narrative ends—instead of letting the industry get him down, Raftery found a way to turn the world around him into comedic gold, starting by impersonating 's indomitable Anna Wintour, whom he had learned about while working for Coach.