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Theater For the New City (TNC) presents the world premiere engagement of AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER, a new musical with book and lyrics by Tom Attea, music by Arthur Abrams, directed by Mark Marcante*,  with choreography by Angela Harriell (the creative team behind the acclaimed Heather Smiley For President, Living in a Musical, An American Worker, etc.).

AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER is a new American musical about a young, highly rated TV journalist, struggling to maintain his famously calm yet fearlessly insightful demeanor while dealing with the challenges of today’s news cycle.

Acclaim for previous stage collaborations from Attea, Abrams and Marcante:

Heather Smiley For President: “Inspiring.” – InNewYork.com, “Genius.” – ZealNY.com, “Clever.” – NY Theater Guide, “Fun and funny.” – New York Beacon, “Written with a great understanding of today’s politics.” – AXS.com;

Living in a Musical: “Appealing and enjoyable. Naturally wholesome but nonetheless hilarious. Simply charming.” – Village Voice;

An American Worker: “Compelling … good story telling.” – Theater Pizzazz;

Dropping in on the Earth: “Delightfully funny. Humorous and thoughtful … Appealing both to adults and children.” – The Villager;

Abstinence, A Musical: “Witty! … In the tradition of The Fantasticks.” – The Greenwich Village Press.

AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER will play a limited 4-week engagement, running Thursday, January 4, 2018 through Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Theater For the New City (155 1st Avenue, between East 9th and East 10th Streets, NYC). Opening Night is Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 7PM, an hour earlier than all other evening performances.

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Isaac Miller as newscaster Evan Fury, with Juan Villegas as his Chief White House Correspondent, who met up some of the President’s fans on the way back to the network.

Excerpt from a song they sing together:

BRENT

REMEMBER THE TIME

WHEN REPORTING A FACT

WOULD SELDOM RESULT IN BEING ATTACKED?

EVAN

AND WHEN A FACT WAS FACT, A REALITY,

ON WHICH MOST OF US WOULD AGREE?

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Says book writer Tom Attea, “Having previously written copy for WABC-TV News, the Village Voice, Time magazine, and other outlets, I have a tremendous respect for those who dedicate their lives to reporting the news. This respect, especially given the unprecedented challenges they face — not only the widespread human suffering on which they must report, but also the almost-daily affronts emanating from Washington — inspired me to do what I can to give journalists a voice on the stage at this time. I think they could really use it.”

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Evan Fury, with Alexandra Schwartz, in the role of his wife Cheryl, during their uncertain reconciliation.  Although she’s pregnant, she had asked him to leave home because he’s always at the network or on assignment. He has vowed to do better.

EVAN

I HAVEN’T NOTICED THE SUN

APPEAR WHEN I’M IN LOVE

OR CLOUDS ROLL IN WHEN I’M NOT.

I’VE LEARNED, MORE THAN SKIES ABOVE,

WHAT MATTERS IS SIMPLY WHETHER

YOU AND I ARE TOGETHER.

Lighting Design: Alexander Bartenieff,  Sound Design and Operation: Alex Santullo, Costume Design: Desiree Conston, Prop Design: Lytza Colon,  Light Board Operator: Natasha Velez, Assistant Director: Danielle Hauser, Stage Manager: Clay West.

Cast

Isaac Miller, Alexandra Schwartz, Matt Gorsky*, Juan Villegas, David O. Friedman, David F. Slone, Esq., Gabrielle Sarrubbo, Robert Homeyer, Justin Rodriguez, and Kate McMorran.

*Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

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Evan being haunted by the President, played by David O. Friedman. As Evan’s act of selective reticence, the President’s name is never mentioned during the show. The President finds the omission particularly troublesome.

PRESIDENT

FLOATING ABOVE THE FACTS,

I’M JUST FLOATING ABOVE THE FACTS.

AND WHO NEEDS FACTS —

THOSE INCOMPREHENSIBLE

AND DELIGHTFULLY DISPENSABLE

THINGS CALLED FACTS?

 

I STOPPED RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE ELECTION

AND SECURED OUR DEMOCRACY’S PROTECTION

BY INVITING VLADIMIR PUTIN TO BE

MY PARTNER IN CYBER SECURITY.

 

CHORUS

TWEETING, TWEETING, TWEETING —

IT’S ALL SELF-DEFEATING.

HOW CAN IT BE

THAT YOU DON’T SEE

IT’S ALL SELF-DEFEATING?

AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER will be performed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM and Sundays at 3:00PM. Tickets to AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER are priced at ? $15 ($10 for Students and Seniors) and are now available online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net , at the Box Office via telephone at 212-254-1109, and, as the first performance nears, at SmartTix.

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Evan with Richard, the President of the News Division, played by Matt Gorsky, and Fred, the CEO of the network, played by Robert Homeyer.

EVAN

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

WHY DO I NATURALLY CHOOSE

TO BE MODERATE, EXCEPT

WHEN IT COMES TO REPORTING THE NEWS?

 

WHATEVER IS WRONG WITH ME?

WHY DOES GETTING A SCOOP

IGNITE A FERVID DESIRE

IN MY OTHERWISE CALMLY WISE MIND

THAT SPREADS LIKE A FOREST FIRE?

 

AFTER ALL, I’M A PRUDENT MAN,

WHO, I TRUST, IS OFTEN SEEN

AS QUITE PHILOSOPHICAL

AND A FAN OF THE GOLDEN MEAN.

Tom Attea (book and lyrics) America’s Favorite Newscaster is the 14th produced show that Tom as written, beginning with Brief Chronicles of the Time, which was presented as a showcase by The Actors Studio, where he was a member of The Playwrights Unit for 10 years. Since then, he has written the book and lyrics for 11 musicals and two plays that have been presented by Theater for the New City. Two the musicals, Heather Smiley for President and Abstinence, are published by Rebel Belle Publishing. Tom is a published poet. He’s also one of America’s most award-winning copywriters, having won four Clios in one night, Gold and Silver Lions from Cannes, the Gold Telly, the Gold Mobius, LinkedIn’s Best of Copywriting for 2016, and many other creative awards. Tom received a TNC/Jerome Foundation emerging playwright grant and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Arthur Abrams (Composer) began his frequent collaboration with Tom Attea at The Actors Studio, while they were working with director Charles Friedman on the revue Brief Chronicles of the Time. His last three collaborations with Tom were the musicals An American Worker, Heather Smiley for President and The Folk Singer. In June 2018, TNC will present a revival of the musical The Open Gate, with music composed by Mr. Abrams and book by David Willinger, based on the novel The Manor by Isaac Bashevis. Singer. In July of 2016, a ballet, The Velveteen Rabbit, with music by Mr. Abrams, premiered at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford. Mr. Abrams also composed and directed music for the Yiddish Theater documentary film The Golden Age of Second Avenue, often shown on Public TV. He has been honored with numerous awards, including a DAAD music fellowship to Mannheim, Germany, a scholarship to the Orff Institute at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and a Meet the Composer grant for the score of The Golden Bear. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Mark Marcante (Director) has directed Rizzante Returns From the War, Benny’s Barber Shop, Promises Best Kept, British Music Hall, Strangely Wonderful and One Director Against His Cast, written by Crystal Field, which premiered in Italy. This is the 11th musical by Tom Attea and Arthur Abrams that Mark has directed. He also directed two straight plays by Attea. He worked and toured with The People’s Theater Company, Theater East and The Guthsville Playhouse. Mr. Marcante was the theatrical and technical consultant for the Arts Connection. He is a graduate of Kutztown University, studied and performed Commedia Dell’arte with Alessandro Bressanello and Michael Conenna from the T.A.G Theatre of Venice.

Angela Harriell (Choreographer) has worked with Attea, Abrams, and Marcante on five previous musicals. She is the director and choreographer of the popular Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as the founder and choreographer of the theatrical dance company The Love Show. Angela has danced with Elisa Monte and David Brown Dance, Randy James Danceworks, Brooklyn Ballet, Opera Francais De New York, The Box, and was a professor teaching ballet at Binghamton University. Cointreau, Vogue magazine, The BBC, and Dom Perignon have commissioned pieces from her. Angela was commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film.

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Evan having a sound check and makeup touch-up, with the sound technician played by Justin Rodriguez, and the makeup artist played by Gabrielle Sarrubbo. 

EVAN

WHEN A VOTER’S CONVINCED HE’S DROWNING

AND EVERYONE STANDS ON THE SHORE,

DESPITE HIS CRIES FOR HELP,

AND NO LIFEGUARD PLIES AN OAR —

 

DON’T CALL HIM A SUCKER

IF SOMEONE TOSSES HIM A SCRAP OF WOOD

AND HE GRABS ONTO IT,

EVEN IF HE KNOWS IT’S ROTTEN,

AND HE HANGS ONTO IT

WHILE IT SHREDS IN HIS HANDS LIKE COTTON.

 

CHORUS

WELCOME BACK, MR. FURY!

WELCOME BACK, EVAN FURY!

WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT’S OFTEN UNCOUTH.

BUT NO ONE ELSE BUT YOU CAN SAY

A THRILLING, PENETRATING TRUTH

IN SUCH AN ADMIRABLY TASTEFUL WAY.

 

WE NEED YOUR REASSURING VOICE.

OH, WHAT WOULD WE EVER DO WITHOUT

THE CALMLY DEVASTATING CHOICE

OF WORDS YOU NEVER STOOP TO SHOUT?

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Theater For the New City (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam ShepardMoises KaufmanRichard ForemanCharles BuschMaria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero, Jean-Claude van ItallieVin Diesel, Oscar Nuñez, Laurence HolderRomulus Linney and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou MinesThe Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and COBU, the Japanese women’s drumming and dance group. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of Between Life and Death, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 42 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor’s Stop the Violence Award.

Contacts: Glenna Freedman Public Relations

Glenna Freedman – Glennafreedman@gmail.com, 212-730-0700 (o), 917-863-3833 (m)

Bill Coyle – coyleentertainment@gmail.com, 917-279-6044

Link to an interview of playwright and lyricist Tom Attea by Meagan Meehan for BlastingNews.com: http://us.blastingnews.com/showbiz-tv/2017/12/americas-favorite-newscaster-an-interview-with-tom-attea-002231031.html

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