Ripped From the Copyroom: Newsical Adds New Gossip Scoop "Michael Musto Song"

News   Ripped From the Copyroom: Newsical Adds New Gossip Scoop "Michael Musto Song"
The topical musical comedy Newsical will add "The Michael Musto Song" to its repertoire when the Village Voice columnist begins providing the show with scoops.
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Fred M. Caruso presents the show which began performances Upstairs at Studio 54 Sept. 10 and opened Oct. 7 for its open-ended run.

Newsical — which plucks its material from the wealth of current events (Martha Stewart, Michael Moore, George W., Michael Jackson) and regular headliners — will add the quickly-crafted song, starting March 2. A new "Musto Song" featuring celebrity gossip and watercooler fodder will debut the first Wednesday of every month.

The evolving work features updated songs and material every week, making the show almost a completely new experience within months, as put by the show "depending on how active our celebrities and politicians have been in making asses of themselves."

The latest material includes "Lost in a Red State," "I Finally Have a Shot with Brad Pitt," a scene with a new Susan Stroman-directed Osama Bin Laden video, a skit in which Sponge Bob denies the latest rumors and a Paris Hilton new book announcement, according to a recent release.

Stephanie Kurtzuba (The Boy From Oz, The Joys of Sex), Todd Alan Johnson (Aida), Trish Rapier (The Boy From Oz, Forbidden Broadway, Golf: the Musical) and Jim Newman (Minnelli on Minnelli, Steel Pier, Sunset Boulevard) are the current cast members. The show is the created by composer-lyricist Rick Crom. His credits include many Off-Broadway and cabaret revues including Oh Fine RSVP, The Subject Was Neurosis, Absolutely Rude, Our Life and Times and What in the World.

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

Director-choreographer Donna 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.

The design team for Newsical features Peter P. Allburn (scenic), David Kaley (costumes), Jason Hayes (wigs and makeup) and Michael Flink (sound/light). Ed Goldschneider (Urinetown) serves as musical director.

For tickets to Newsical, at Upstairs at Studio 54 (254 West 54 Street), call (212) 307-4100. For more information, visit

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