The Coup

Series 1 - Episode 8 The Coup



The workshop failed to entice investors, so is the Marilyn musical dead? Eileen and Derek forge a new direction that songwriters Julia and Tom are not to know about: record producer Ryan Tedder (playing himself) is called in to write for chorus girl Karen. Touch Me is a fabulous, high-octane dance number but wholly inappropriate for the show and leads to a blistering row between Tom and Derek, perhaps the only homophobe in the history of musical theatre.

For this episode only, Grace Gummer (real-life offspring of Meryl Streep) plays Eileen’s daughter, “Mahatma” Katie, an eco-warrior who cuts through her warring parents’ nonsense. Also prepare to chuckle at some less-than-subtle Apple product placement.


Following an inconclusive workshop, Derek plots to take control of the production - and enlists Karen to work on a secret project without telling her colleagues. Julia has mixed feelings about Michael leaving the cast, Ivy frets as she waits to learn if she will still play Marilyn, and Eileen gets a surprise visit from her daughter Katie. With a guest appearance by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

Cast & Crew

Julia Houston Debra Messing
Derek Wills Jack Davenport
Karen Cartwright Katharine McPhee
Tom Levitt Christian Borle
Ivy Lynn Megan Hilty
Dev Sundaram Raza Jaffrey
Frank Houston Brian d'Arcy James
Ellis Boyd Jaime Cepero
Eileen Rand Anjelica Huston
Michael Swift Will Chase
John Goodwin Neal Bledsoe
Leo Houston Emory Cohen
Nick Thorsten Kaye
Sam Strickland Leslie Odom Jr
Jerry Rand Michael Cristofer
Monica Swift Michelle Federer
Artie Swift Blake Johnson
Dennis Phillip Spaeth
Jessica Savannah Wise
Paul Denby Charlie Semine
RJ Quigley Tala Ashe
Himself Ryan Tedder
Director Paris Barclay
Writer Theresa Rebeck
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