Topical Comedy Newsical Gets Two New Stars and Cast Album

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The topical ever-changing comedy Newsical will gain two new stars and has announced the release of the show's first cast album.

Trish Rapier (The Boy From Oz, Forbidden Broadway, Golf: the Musical) and Jim Newman (Minnelli on Minnelli, Steel Pier, Sunset Boulevard) join remaining cast members Stephanie Kurtzuba (The Boy From Oz, The Joys of Sex) and Todd Alan Johnson (Aida). They replace Kim Cea (Smokey Joe’s Café), Jeff Skowron (Beauty and the Beast, Debbie Does Dallas).

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

Fred M. Caruso presents the show which began performances Upstairs at Studio 54 Sept. 10 and opened Oct. 7.

Newsical plucks its material from the wealth of current events (a release provides "Martha Stewart, Michael Moore, George W." as examples) and regular headliners ("Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, and, well, George W."). 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 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. 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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