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NEWSical the Musical – Review – Spoofin’ and Goofin’ in an Off Broadway Show

By Marilyn Anderson & Dennis L Lanning

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For theatre lovers in NYC on a Sunday night – it’s not easy finding a show. During the day, there are plenty of matinees. But, if you get to NYC past 2 or 3 o’clock – there aren’t many theatres offering evening performances.

Luckily, we found a fun and witty show that we can recommend. NEWSical the Musical is a light and fun romp through the news of the day with four talented performers that you can’t help but like.

They take various news items of the day – and turn them into songs and sketches that garner loads of laughs from the audience. There are zippy topical songs and clever, laugh-out-loud impressions. 

 


 

Christina Bianco is outstanding in everything she does. The emcee sets up a gag whereby unemployed has-been celebrities take jobs doing practically anything. When Christina impersonates Celine Dion singing “Do the Hokey Pokey” at a Bar Mitzvah, it’s an absolute hoot. Not only is she funny, but Christina has a terrific singing voice. She does a rockin’ impression of Barbara Walters, especially as she interviews Susie Mosher riotously playing psychic Theresa Caputo, who Barbara describes as a “large small medium!”

 

Male performers Tommy Walker and Michael West are also multi-talented. Their spot-on parodies of numerous other celebs, including Barack Obama, Rod Stewart, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Manti Te'o are seriously funny.


 


 

It’s not news that Frank Sinatra allegedly had affairs with first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. However, in the NEWSical version, Frank confesses he had flings with all the first ladies, including Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter – even Martha Washington and Mary Todd Lincoln! Okay, we know it’s not true, but the suggestion becomes extremely comical as they flash photos of the former first ladies on a large screen.  Just imagining Frank Sinatra in bed with some of them is enough to get the crowd howling with laughter. Think Old Blue Eyes hitting the sheets with the austere Eleanor Roosevelt!  You get the picture…



In addition to spoofing Hollywood VIPs, their take on politics is razor sharp, with both parties getting a laugh-lashing from the satirical quintet. The cast also lampoons dating sites like Match.com and ChristianMingle.com and several infomercial products that late-night buffs will recognize. Everyone in the audience shared some hearty laughs over these!

 

The gifted cast of performers is sometimes joined by other stars, which in the past has included appearances by Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Cheri Oteri and Andrea McArdle. 


 


Directed by Mark Waldrop with music & lyrics by Rick Crom, this Drama Desk nominated musical review updates its songs and material on a regular basis.  So you can see it more than once and still enjoy fresh new tunes and sketches.



NEWSical the Musical
is an ever-changing, irreverent look at current events, pop culture, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians – or as their website proclaims: all the news that’s fit to spoof!


 


The show is 90 minutes long without an intermission and the time flies by. It all ends with an upbeat song with the theme of living each day as if it were your last – which is always good advice.  Enjoying the moment is definitely what you’ll be doing as you watch NEWSical the Musical, which makes for a delightful evening – especially if it’s a Sunday night in Times Square and you’re looking for a show.

 

NEWSical the Musical
410 West 42nd St (west of 9th Ave)
New York, NY
212.239.6200
800.432.7250
http://newsicalthemusical.net

Showtimes: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun Evenings; Matinees on Wed & Sun; Dark Thursdays.

 

 

Published on May 20, 2013

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