Musical about Toronto's mayor casts Rob Ford role

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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Geoff Stone pretends to light up a crack pipe at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Geoff Stone makes an impression of Rob Ford at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Neil Sarel gives an interview at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: (L-R) Producer P. Joseph Regan, producer/ writer Brett McCaig and composer Anthony Bastianon watch auditions at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Geoff Stone auditions for the part of Rob Ford at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Rob Ford dolls at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: People auditioning for the role of Rob Ford line up at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- DECEMBER 17 - Mayor Rob Ford dances to a live Reggae version of Merry Christmas performed by Jay Douglas during a break in the council meeting in Toronto December 17, 2013. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: (L-R) Producer P. Joseph Regan, producer/ writer Brett McCaig and composer Anthony Bastianon watch auditions at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Travis Hay lines up at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: People auditioning for the role of Rob Ford line up at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 30: Mayor Rob Ford (R) joins Will Ferrell (L) and Zach Galifianakis as they visit the Hockey Hall of Fame to promote their new movie 'The Campaign' on July 30, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, CANADA - 2012/07/08: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford visits the 8th National Bank Salsa on St. Clair, Canadas largest Latino-themed street festival which wraps up Latino week. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Geoff Stone pretends to light up a crack pipe at the Rob Ford the musical auditions held at Second City Training Centre in Toronto on June 16, 2014. (Nicholas Keung/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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TORONTO (AP) - The role of Rob Ford has been cast in upcoming new musical comedy about Toronto's infamous mayor.

"Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of A Ford Nation" is set to debut at Toronto's Factory Theatre on Sept. 16, just over a month before Ford seeks re-election Oct. 27. It will run through Sept. 28.

The 90-minute show has 10 original tunes and sees a "spiritual guide" leading Ford through the past year of his tumultuous life - including his admitted drug use and stint in rehab.

Sheldon Bergstrom, a portly 42-year-old Canadian, says he begged the producers to try out. Nearly 100 other actors tried out. Writer Brett McCaig says that resemblance, as well as Bergstrom's talent, got him the part.

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