Members say: Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Entertaining, Indulgent

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Theater for the New City presents this world premiere musical, written as an exploration and celebration of the lives and careers of TV journalists.

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'America's Favorite Newscaster' tells the story of a young, fearlessly insightful TV journalist, who struggles to maintain his famous calm while dealing with the challenges of today’s news cycle.


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20
Front Row Center

“‘America’s Favorite Newscaster’ is just – so sorry – really awful...The premise of the show is that America’s highest rated newscaster, Fury is burning out...Leaving him very little energy for the attention his lovely pregnant wife requires. And that’s it. For two hours, this is the only real point...The singing is very very quiet...And the choreography is executed by the extremely unsure feet of the performers...We have seen all the jokes presented...One could sleep through these scenes.” Full Review

65
Talkin' Broadway

"The conflict at the center of the show never becomes clear, as it suggests we should ignore the news, but also reminds us of our civic responsibility to doing better than the politicians we see on C-SPAN. The songs add little to the character development, and while some of them are catchy, none of them feel essential...Where the show excels is in the casting of Miller, who embodies the qualities of heroes of movies past." Full Review

40
Theater Pizzazz

“Simply tries to do too much, and in its over-reach muddies the salient points...Would be better served with some judicious cutting and dramaturgy...Rangy and gives the appearance of being scattershot...The music is another element that could benefit from reworking or even elimination. The melodies are pleasant, but the lyrics are banal and don’t move the story forward...Lackluster direction also don’t help to elevate the work...By and large, the cast is to be commended.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“Composer Arthur Abrams and librettist/lyricist Tom Attea have taken up the challenge with results that are both sweet-natured and lackluster. Unlike our reality-TV-star-in-chief, who Attea's script refuses to name, ‘America's Favorite Newscaster’ is a shining model of restraint, never aiming its barbs too low but also rarely eliciting more than a polite chuckle.” Full Review

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10
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Amateurish, Agonizing

See it if You feel bad for the cast, who are probably lovely people and probably know how bad the show is.

Don't see it if You can do anything else with your night. It's really that bad.

97
Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if U like current events relating to politics & media news in the form of a light hearted musical with good writing, acting,music.& staging.

Don't see it if U are a hard nose Republican or Trump supporter. Regardless of political leanings, this is a polished good musical comedy that entertains.

Also I find this show excellent & enjoyed it. It's core story about a since... Read more Read less

25
Quirky, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Comical

See it if You're interested in an over-done parody of the current political climate and associated media coverage

Don't see it if You want to see a show with substance, good music, or one that can be taken seriously

23
During previews
Cliched, Poorly written, Heavy-handed, Misogynistic, Painful

See it if you know someone in the cast? Maybe?

Don't see it if just don't.

Also The language is flowery and dense for no apparent reason, the songs do... Read more Read less

22
During previews
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You haven't watched the news in the last year.

Don't see it if You expect more of a script than screes, an adequate TRUMP impersonator and a couple of so-so songs.

65
During previews
Disappointing, Good score, excellent lyrics, poor book, awful choreography

See it if A good score and lyrics can overcome other flaws for you.

Don't see it if If you need a show with some sort of sensible book and choreography that adds to the show.

6
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Embarrassing, Missed opportunity

See it if You will see anything critical of the current President (I certainly thought I would but this was actually too painful.)

Don't see it if You need a well-edited, clever script or good songs.

Also Most of the actors are either good or have potential but the pedestria... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you plays about Politics and enjoy an evening of theatre in the East Village. The cast is fun and funny,

Don't see it if You a expect a full musical. This is more a play with music. Don't expect big Broadway sets, costumes etc.

70
During previews
Clever, Quirky, Slow, Good acting

See it if It something different and the acting good, funny at some part. I have to say the actor Isaac Miller was great.

Don't see it if It's is slow and long

79
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy satirizing Trump and seeing the focus on how covering him as a newscaster affects many lives. Some clever lyrics and funny scenes

Don't see it if you want big production values. This play is a small and intimate look at the consequences of such a childish, impulsive president for us.

70
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Revue-style

See it if You want a rom- com w/ light political content performed in a revue style. You want to hear talented singers & a great Trump impersonator.

Don't see it if You're expecting a blistering, political satire. You don't like the revue format. You want a big, splashy production.

77
During previews
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of sketch musical comedy & would like to see the current impasse between the president & the press lampooned in song & dance.

Don't see it if you like your musicals to plumb the human condition: this one remains pretty firmly on the surface of the day's events.

Also I enjoyed myself, but, like with the news itself, the experience will ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh at the Trump era

Don't see it if If you don’t watch MSNBC sometimes

20
During previews
Slow, Awkward, Unfunny, Poorly timed, A couple of nice voices

See it if you know someone involved with the show

Don't see it if you can help it

Also My mother always said, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anyth... Read more Read less

16
During previews
Excruciating

See it if You have a friend in the cast.

Don't see it if You want something of good quality. Poor writing, poor acting, poor directing.

18
During previews
Indulgent, Banal, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow

See it if The only alternative is staring at a wall for two hours.

Don't see it if You've heard all the stupid Trump jokes already.

10
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if you don't mind a plot that goes nowhere and a production that is worse than many high schools produce.

Don't see it if you enjoy good live theater. How did this get produced? Truly bad.

74
During previews
Entertaining

See it if Meet John Aetta before the show, he wrote it, very nice person. I thought the show was okay, needs some tweaking but has a lot of potential.

Don't see it if It is not for everyone, can be corny at some points as well as slow. At that theater complex , I liked the cloths make the man 2.

64
During previews
Flat, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You're ready for a repeat of the same Trump bashing we know by heart that adds nothing to the discussion in either direction, left or right.

Don't see it if You support the current president or expect surprise, wit or a memorable score in your musical political satire.

Also What feels like a hastily produced reaction to current events in Washi... Read more Read less

30
During previews
Disappointing, Talented cast, Poorly staged

See it if You want to see a talented cast struggle through an absolutely awful script, bad songs, and shoddy direction.

Don't see it if You don't want to get your hopes up and be disappointed.

Also I wanted to like this so much because we need more anti-Trump theatre ... Read more Read less

20
During previews
Indulgent, Not much to see here.

See it if if you have absolutely nothing else to see.

Don't see it if you want to spend a night shaking your head at bad trump humor. The trump impersonator was the worst.

Also It had the strangest dialog. No one really talks like this. The writer... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Delightful, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if like a comedy with moderate sense of humor.

Don't see it if you want to see an edgy musical with dark humor.

10
During previews
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Don’t see it

Don't see it if Don’t see it

20
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Horrific

See it if you want to be bored to death. Bad - actually silly - direction.

Don't see it if you're smart! Not worth your time.

24
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if Saturday Night Live isn't on.

Don't see it if You have other options.

Also Had high hopes for this given the subject matter, but this was kind of... Read more Read less


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