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NEWSical: The Musical

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Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky

About the show

This long-running musical revue/sketch comedy show lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. Think 'The Daily Show' set to music. More…

'Newsical's' songs and sketches parody all of today's biggest headlines, from politics to pop culture, celebrities to social trends. It's 'Saturday Night Live' meets 'Laugh-In' meets 'The Nightly News' meets Broadway. Songs and material are updated on a regular basis.


Member Reviews (350)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky
75
Avg Score

73
Funny, Uneven, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if It's sketch comedy set to music. Not really a musical. But it is funny, well written and current. Good music. Overall enjoyable. Good acting

Don't see it if Some sketches are clearly fillers. Sometimes you LOL sometimes you go "meh".

70
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Current, Fun

See it if You enjoy sketch comedy, pop culture, social commentary on current events. It's a fun night out, the cast is great at juggling lots of roles

Don't see it if You aren't interested in pop culture or politics & don't find sketch comedy funny. Some jokes I've heard before but still found a lot funny.

50
Tired, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Predictable

See it if You would enjoy sitting in a theatre that smells like urine watching a bad rerun of Saturday Night Live. Fun enough but never a good laugh.

Don't see it if You want anything original. All the predictable news send ups...and seriously...it smelled like urine in there!!

41
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if I tend to like parodies/spoof musicals. But this was sleep inducing. And I had read good things, so was quite disappointed.

Don't see it if If you like overly hammy stuff about Trump.

75
Ambitious, Quirky, Clever

See it if It is very creative, it deals and continues too bring to light the latest current events. fast moving, very clever.

Don't see it if if you do not an ad lib type of performance of this kind of genre.

95
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if Rockaway Production so good, Cast of 35 Super talent for a community theater. 10 year old lad playing Les is fantastic Dancing beautiful

Don't see it if no neg. comment here BUT art studio next door beach close ferry from N.Y.

50
Entertaining, Relevant, Disappointing, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you like topical humor and cheap jokes.

Don't see it if you're not into low-budget productions where actors unknowingly have their flies down and an obvious plant cackles in the audience.

59
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Actors were charming and singing was good

See it if You are curious (as I was) about what it was. Some songs and references were topical, others were very old, some even were taped.

Don't see it if if you want something polished and well written. Songs were sometimes dated and were hit or miss.

Also intermittently amusing. I'd gone to see Newsical: The Musical because ... Read more Read less

71
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if Current things that are happening made funny, and some not so funny.

Don't see it if You are looking for a story line.

61
Dated, Belaboured musical parody dud with miles of filler

See it if you follow current political and pop cultural events. If you don't like this edition, come back again, topics change like headlines in 75mns

Don't see it if you enjoyed its original two-act/two-hour format. With the perversity of current headlines, this clever dud repeated same gag four times.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy musical skits about politics, info commercials, celebrities, current issues like global warming. Some skits better than others.

Don't see it if you like drama or comedy with a plot, set or costumes.

94
Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You like laugh-out-loud skits and commercials performed by a top notch cast, and that's updated on a daily basis based on current events

Don't see it if You don't like Saturday Night Live

60
Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Raunchy, Intermittently funny

See it if you enjoy topical humor about current events and aren't too demanding.

Don't see it if you are expecting incisive humor or fresh insights.

65
Uneven humor: some funny, some meh., Indulgent, The cast tries hard, but the material wasn't great.

See it if You like sketch comedy and topical humor. You have a passing knowledge of current news and pop culture or aren't politically thin-skinned.

Don't see it if You don't want humor that's a little raunchy. If you have to spend a lot of money on these tickets, you'll be disappointed, I think.

Also From reading the other reviews, I suspect that this show has its good ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You enjoy topical theater that has a musical bent. Not always spot on, this show does a great job of trying to add relevant songs.

Don't see it if You have to see theater you always agree with. They lampoon EVERYONE, so come with an open mind. The theater smells damp which is unpleasant

70
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you are up-to-date in pop culture plus politics and enjoy comedy based on those topics.

Don't see it if you do not like political and celebrity sarcasm or if a few four-letter words woud offend you.

77
Funny, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining, Very topical

See it if Fresh and funny political satire. Only problem - cast will differ from show to show. No programs.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh or don't follow the world's foibles.

92
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You want to have a good time and laugh a lot. You want to see a play that is relevant and pokes fun at current events and products on TV.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh. You don't want to have a great time. You take life too seriously and don't know how to enjoy this life.

Also The writers did a fantastic job with current event stuff. I loved the ... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Indulgent

See it if if you like forbidden Broadway. Same formula.

Don't see it if you are expecting a super current parody of the news. A lot of rehashed material.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Dated, Clever, Disappointing

See it if you want some very funny bits mixed in with some mildly amusing ones. It's a cute show, but they need to update some of their material.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical that has a story line, or you know nothing about contemporary culture.

82
Clever, Topical, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if like me, you poke your own fun at the news as you watch it. This piece is a bit like Forbidden Broadway, and much better than I expected.

Don't see it if Satire is not your thing, you're so sick of the election that you're devoid of a sense of humor, having a good belly laugh is unthinkable.

78
Satirical, Clever, Funny

See it if you like SNL with music. Some skits were funnier than others. Tone is liberal - not for Trump supporters.

Don't see it if you like Trump or want a more fleshed out show. Show is a series of short skits on recent news themes.

35
Slow, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like skits and songs about current events

Don't see it if You prefer original productions

68
Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Edgy, Fluffy

See it if Want lite humor and some good laughs. Hardworking cast performing parodies of current events and situations. Some good impersonations.

Don't see it if Are tired of politically motivated humor.

53
Cliched, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you have nothing else to do

Don't see it if you want well-developed comedy


October 1st, 2011
"The smart and spiffy new edition of NEWSical the Musical, now at The Kirk Theatre, makes it abundantly clear that the heir to the musical comedy revue format that was owned for so long by Forbidden Broadway has finally been found. Directed at a wonderfully furious pace the show will have audienc...
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January 10th, 2011
"This "Newsical" could be more consistent, but the cast goes a long way toward redeeming its deficiencies. And any town with an often funny topical revue in it is a happier place."
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December 3rd, 2016
"It's not really that good, but it's lighthearted, silly, and delivers what it promises: entertainment. It's not really a musical, nor is it a play; it's really just like an extended 'SNL; skit...The ensemble is OK. In various combinations they did their shtick, but I think even the performers kn...
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January 15th, 2014
"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 ...
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