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NEWSical The Musical

Tonight I saw the revival of the Off-Broadway show “NEWSical the Musical” and let me just say it hits all the right notes! Produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Tom D’Angora and Fred M. Caruso (“The Big Gay Musical” & “I Love You Because”), the show is a musical revue making fun of all things current from news stories to TV personalities to celebrities. With its cast of four amazingly talented performers, Christine Pedi, Michael West, Christina Bianco, and Rory O’Mally, each one not only impersonates their personality, but embodies them, as if they were on stage with them.

The cast takes on such news stories as the Obamas moving into the White House (“1599 Pennsylvania Avenue”), wondering who you have to shag to get a flu shot (“Flu Shot”), and how the world stopped for “The Boy in the Balloon.”

Each cast member lends their comedic talents of impersonation to a roster of personalities. Christine Pedi blossoms as she transforms into Joan Rivers, Nancy Grace, E Harmony girl, and Suze Orman. Christina Bianco brings Nancy Pelosi, Carrie Prejean (former “Miss California”), and Sarah Palin to life with her on target facial expressions and hand gestures. Rory O’Mally reminds us about “Restless Leg Syndrome” as well as being the E Harmony guy whereas Michael West hits the nail on the head as our fearless leader Barack Obama. One of the many highlights of “NEWSical the Musical” is the “Celebrity Unemployment” skit, when all the performers shine brightest. Christine Pedi rocks it out as Liza Minnelli while Rory O’Mally captures the essence of Susan Boyle with his perfect facial expression and vocals. When “Liza Minnelli” interviews “Susan Boyle,” the laughs keep coming. Christina Bianco tears the house down with her amazingly spectacular powerhouse vocals as Celine Dion while Michael West shows us, with such perfection, what it’s like to be John McCain working at Walmart.

The true brilliance of “NEWSical the Musical” is that it’s identifiable for everyone. It’s up to date topics are change as quickly as life itself, so be sure to come back often to see what’s new at “NEWSical the Musical.”

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