Broadway political drama “Frost/Nixon” scored a recent cameo in an ongoing Gotham political thriller we’ll call “Spitzer/Bruno.”
Tensions between New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and state Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno escalated recently when it was revealed that Spitzer’s father had received an anonymous phone call threatening investigation and arrest over allegedly shady loans. The call was traced to the apartment of Roger J. Stone Jr., one of Bruno’s top consultants and a man who has worked for Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Bush fils.
On his website, Stone denied making the phone call. “Let me assure you I made no such call,” he wrote. “On the night this call was allegedly made, I was at the theater catching the play NIXON and FROST [sic].”
The only problem? The call was made just before 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. And “Frost/Nixon,” like many Rialto productions, was dark Mondays. (The show, for which Frank Langella won a Tony for his perf as Nixon, ended its limited run Aug. 19.)
Although nothing has been proved, Stone resigned Aug. 22.
For his part, Stone has said that now that he thinks about it, he saw “Frost/Nixon” on a Wednesday.
“I highly recommend it to Governor Spitzer,” he wrote on his site. “It shows you what hubris and lying brings you.”