As he campily glides around stage, Caldwell's "Shkreli" luxuriates in his loathsomeness, bragging about the possessions his millions of dollars have helped him acquire, and making it clear he cares not a whit if his antics offend anyone — or everyone.
"I'm filthy f----- rich, and I do whatever the f--- I want to do!" proclaims "Shkreli."
He shows off a 4-pound truffle worth $60,000, a large bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch whisky gifted "from the president," and a "leather-bound gold-leaf Bible — it is signed by the pope."
"What do they have in common? They're mine!" Caldwell crows about the gaudy items in the song "Capture All the Pieces."
So is, soon enough, Wu-Tang Clan's single-copy "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin."
Wu-Tang's RZA, GZA and Ghostface Killah quickly develop seller's remorse when they realize their album has fallen into his clutches.
"You're a fake-a-- super-villain!" spews Ghostface Killah at Shkreli. That's the same line the real Ghostface Killah directed at Shkreli earlier this year, when the two men engaged in dueling online videos.
Wu-Tang soon join forces with "Bill Murray" in a half-baked effort to pull off a "heist" to recover the album.
Actor Jon Bander introduces himself through the ditty "I'm Bill Murray," which has a lot of fun with the "Groundhog Dog" star's real-life habit of unexpectedly showing up in public places, such as house parties, kickball games, and engagement photos, and getting to do things just because he's "Bill Murray."
What happens after Murray ambles bemusedly onto the scene? A lot, including snarky references to Shkreli's alleged newfound hobby of collecting rare and valuable playing cards from the game "Magic: The Gathering," a number of songs featuring the "F-word" in their title, and Shkreli being confronted, as in real life, with the power of the legal system.
Shkreli also gets a final word in about his current legal predicament, quoting directly from the tweet that is pinned to the top of his actual Twitter feed: "I am confident I will prevail. The allegations against me are baseless and without merit."
After Tuesday's performance, three of Shkreli's friends said the show inaccurately portrayed their pal, whom they said is a good guy who has gotten a very bad, and unfair, rap.
"I didn't really enjoy it," said Adam MacLaren, a Canadian who is visiting Shkreli this week.
MacLaren and the others, who have become friends with Skreli after interacting with him during his live streams, said the media, the musical and others have ignored Shkreli's multiple philanthropic acts, including helping cancer patients, setting up a charitable foundation and making sure that patients who need the drug Daraprim are not denied access. Daraprim is the antiparasitic medication whose retail price Shkreli raised from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill last summer as then-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals.
Another friend, North Carolina resident Lisa Whisnant, said, "I feel he's been very misrepresented."
Kelly Marsh, a New Hampshire resident and Shkreli friend, sighed: "Everybody wants a villain, and they found one in him."
Shkreli himself chimed in, via MacLaren's smartphone, after being told reporters were talking to his friends.
"Just let them know that you came all the way from Canada ... [and] I'm a good person," Shkreli messaged, MacLaren said.
Despite that claim, Shkreli couldn't resist firing a shot Wednesday via Twitter at the show's lyricist Gundrum.
"Heard the play sucked. Sorry that you are liberal and poor," Shkreli wrote Gundrum.