Topical Newsical Revue Returns to New York as The Next Edition

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Rick Crom's topical musical comedy revue known as Newsical will return to New York in a new version titled Newsical 2006: The Next Edition for a limited run at the Village Theatre.
From Left: Todd Alan Johnson and Jim Newman in the original edition of Newsical.
From Left: Todd Alan Johnson and Jim Newman in the original edition of Newsical. Photo by Nick Andrews

Director-choreographer Donna Drake stages the satiric revue set to run Dec. 17-31. Following an eight-month New York run last year, composer-lyricist Crom churns out an updated production of his Newsical, which plucks its material from the wealth of current events and regular headliners. As in its previous incarnation, the evolving work features updated songs and material every week, making the show almost a completely new experience.

Newsical made its debut Sept. 10, 2004 and opened Oct. 7 at Upstairs at Studio 54. He show played 215 performances (and 30 previews) before closing April 17, 2005. The work then went on to tour nationally and enjoyed two sit-down productions in Denver and Provincetown.

A cast album — which features the songs "Martha Stewart The Mini-Musical," "Nobody Messes with Liza," "Felt Up at the Airport" and more — is currently available through the show's website and in music stories.

Crom's previous works include Oh Fine RSVP, The Subject Was Neurosis, Absolutely Rude, Our Life and Times and What in the World.

Director-choreographer Drake (A Chorus Line) stages the work. As an actress, she has appeared on Broadway in It's So Nice to Be Civilized, Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year and Wind in the Willows. Her directorial credits include Romance in the Dark, Boobs the Musical and Christmas with the Crawfords.

Tickets to Newsical 2006: The Next Edition at the Village Theatre, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan) can be purchased by calling (212) 307 4100. For more information, visit www.newsicalthemusical.com.

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