Theater for the New City presents this world premiere musical, written as an exploration and celebration of the lives and careers of TV journalists. More…
'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.
"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
“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
“‘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
“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
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.
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.
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
See it if You are following attacks on and accusations of the media by Trump. Songs have clever lyrics and voices are Broadway musical quality.
Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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