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April 30, 2021

Enron: the Musical

It’s a shame Goldman Sachs continues to position itself as the world’s most hated vessel of greed these days.

Because, really, it makes us forget just how terrible Enron was.

We all remember Enron, right? It was the Texas-based energy giant that, when it wasn’t getting named as the most innovative company in America by near-every measuring stick, was defrauding investors en masse, hiding debts in illegal accounting loopholes and secretly waiting for the shoe to drop on its $63 billion bankruptcy in 2001, then the largest of all-time.

Of course we remember Enron. It even had its own documentary. A pretty good one, in fact.

But in the age of white-collar crime – where a new landmark case (WorldCom, Madoff, the aforementioned Goldman Sachs) rises every ten months or so – sometimes it’s easy to forget Enron.

So that’s why there’s a new musical about the former energy corp. in New York City now. So we won’t forget Enron.

Yes, a full-fledged Enron theatre production has sprouted up, a tale that tracks the rise and fall of ex-bosses Jeffrey Skilling (now jailed) and Kenneth Lay (now deceased), as well as their dealings with ex-CFO Andy Fastow, the mastermind of the company’s shady accounting practices.

Believe it or not, the play actually gets a good review, according to the New York Times’ Ben Brantley.

Still, it’s a ridiculous idea. But should that stop other financial scandals from getting the same Broadway treatment? Here's six cheesy titles that might also work:

1. Bernard Ebbers and Dennis Kozlowski are Dumb & Dumber
2. Con Air: The Montie Brewer Story
3. Martha Stewart is The Insider
4. If I Did It, a Bernie Madoff confessional
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Inside the Mind of Conrad Black
6. The Departed, a Lehman Brothers picture

Any others to add to the list?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...