Who doesn’t love a little musical comedy? Especially when it’s campy and pokes fun at the style itself. Oh, and when the jokes are actually funny. In the new musical Propaganda! The Musical, Rookie, the new heir to a national cover up bureau, is given the difficult task of covering up a potentially ginormous Presidential scandal.
The entire ensemble is strong and marvelous to watch. In the leading role as Rookie, Dale Sampson is brilliant. Sampson is insanely, and unfairly, talented as the sweet and endearing Rookie. His range, from heart breaker to leader to comedic genius, is quite astounding. Sampson has a voice to be jealous of and comedic timing to strive for. A star was born with that performance. Kenita R. Miller is hilarious as the evil Agent X, the fierce ass queen. Miller, like Sampson, is a strong physical comedian, bringing well-executed divatude. She holds her own, sharing the spotlight with the help of her Fierce Ass Girls (there’s a brilliant acronym here!) played sexily by the hot ensemble of Benjiman Dallas Redding, Nick Mason, and Shaun Repetto, all of whom get to show off their legs. Beth Cheryl Tarnow as the cleverly named Tary owns the stage with her moments of unrequited love to the not-so-ambiguously not straight Rookie. Again, Tarnow is a stellar comedian. Rounding out the equally great cast are Kenny Morris as Grandpa and Harry, Jillian Wallach as Board Member 1, Marc Cornes as Ted, and the super trooper MaryJoanna Grisso who is the star of one of the more hilarious recurring bits.
Hitting a jackpot with a new work on the first try is very rare. But when you do, it’s almost like watching musical theater history in the making. Fortunately, if you catch Propaganda! The Musical at NYMF, chances are you’ve seen a future smash. Creators Taylor Ferrera and Matt Webster have a very bright future. Though Ferrera and Webster have an incredibly tough task in their future collaborations: figuring out a way to top perfection.