Newsical the Musical
NEWSICAL THE MUSICAL stars Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, and Michael West, and you may recall all of them from Forbidden Broadway. There is also John Walton West and I don’t know if the two fellas are related or not. They are completely different sizes, so maybe not. And what they do is a musical around news events. The night I saw it they were having some microphone problems, which is a real problem when you are dealing with musical satire because you really need to hear every word; somewhat of a problem. The cast is impossibly talented and they are very clever. I think that it needs probably a little bit of culling. It’s 90 minutes, but there are probably a couple of skits that just don’t work at all and should be taken out. In fairness to the cast, I was also with probably the coldest audience I have ever seen, they responded to nothing. But this is really very clever. I think it would work better if they did it more as a news magazine, which they had in varied segments because they do politics, they do celebrities, they do the economy, they do Ashton Kutcher… I mean it’s very wide spread and I think a unifying principal other than just news stories might help a little bit. But basically it’s fun and the cast is incredibly talented. Hopefully the microphones will work better so you can hear a little bit more. I’d give it three and a half stars.