Theater for the New City
America's Favorite Newscaster
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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, and directed by Mark Marcante (the creative team behind the acclaimed Heather Smiley For President, Living in a Musical, An American Worker, etc.). AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER has choreography by Angela Harriell.
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 (8PM).

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.

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.”

The cast of AMERICA’S FAVORITE NEWSCASTER will be announced shortly.

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 , at the Box Office via telephone at 212-254-1109, and, as the first performance nears, at SmartTix.

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 BashevisA. 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 T?he 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 ... (continued)
Categories: Drama,Musicals,New Works,Play,Play with Music
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Running time: 1:30    
Intermission(s): No
Price: $10.00 - $15.00
Seating: General Admission    
Capacity: 99