Tuesday, April 3, 2012

WATCH: Michael Musto Recreates Famous Susan Lucci Emmy Acceptance Speech as Work of Art

"YOU LIKE ME: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches," at the edgy Off-Broadway venue Ars Nova in Manhattan, featured an uncanny recreation of Susan Lucci's 1999 acceptance speech for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Award. Infamous Village Voice columnist Michael Musto was the one to offer Lucci the "sincerest form of flattery," and he brought the house down in the process.

Although the event took place February 25, the video was just released this morning. Also skewered: Oprah Winfrey winning the 1998 Daytime Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Shirley MacLaine winning the 1984 Best Actress Oscar for Terms of Endearment, Jane Fonda winning the 1979 Best Actress Oscar for Coming Home and many more. Find the originals at at www.youlikemespeeches.com.

As you can see, it's an honor to be included in the evening's festivities. Created by Michael Schulman and Rachel Shukert, and Directed by Peter James Cook, the annual event is intended as an ironic expression of love and admiration. In which case Lucci has been doubly blessed--this is the second time "YOU LIKE ME" performers have chosen to perform her speech.

Here is Michael Musto as Susan Lucci:

And of course, the original:

How do you think Musto did? What other Emmy acceptance speeches deserve to be recreated on stage? Tell us in the Comments section, below.

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