Web superstar Perez Hilton is readying to join NEWSical the Musical, the topical off-Broadway comedy written by Rick Crom. Hilton joins the cast beginning September 8 and will play a four-week run, a show spokesperson confirmed to Broadway.com. His opening night will be on September 17. Directed by Mark Waldrop, NEWSical the Musical: End of the World Edition plays off-Broadway at Theatre Row.
From John Travolta, Anderson Cooper, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to the national fight for marriage equality and the 2012 Presidential Election, NEWSical the Musical sets all of today’s biggest news and pop culture headlines to song. With Hilton’s arrival, Crom will add new satirical spoofs to the show including a Chick‐fil‐A number and a song about the phenomenon of Perez Hilton that will be performed by the man himself.
"I am beyond thrilled, nervous and zen about making my New York theater debut," Hilton said in a statement. "I expect to have the time of my life and look forward to hugging happy theatergoers after each show!"
Hilton (born Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr.) received a BFA in Drama from New York University. He has appeared on the televsions shows The Sopranos, Glee, 1girl5gays and WWE Raw. He has a syndicated radio show Radio Perez and authored the children’s book The Boy With the Pink Hair.
The current cast of NEWSical the Musical: End of the World Edition includes Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, Michael West, Amy Griffin, Tommy Walker and Ryan Knowles.