Just In Time for the Holidays It’s Psych The Musical!

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For years they’ve threatened to do it; for years they’ve teased us with the possibilities. Now, on December 15th (9/8C), the mad geniuses behind USA Nerwork’s hit series Psych are all pulling out all the stops for Psych The Musical!

Written and directed by series creator Steve Franks – with fourteen songs co-written by composer Adam Cohen -  Psych The Musical finds Shawn, Gus and the gang tracking down mad playwright Z, who once trapped a critic in a theater while burning it to the ground. Their only informant uses songs and cryptic clues to reveal Z’s plans. Check out the press release, after the jump, for more details – including the episode’s complete playlist.

November 20, 2013
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The Two-Hour Special Musical Event Features Santa Barbara’s Finest Singing and Dancing Along with Special Guest Stars Ally Sheedy, Tony Award Winner Barry Bostwick, Anthony Rapp, Brooke Lyons and Jimmi Simpson

On Sunday, December 15, USA Network’s hit series PSYCH presents a spectacular two-hour musical special, PSYCH THE MUSICAL. Fans have been waiting years for this musical extravaganza that will have everyone’s favorite faux psychic, his best friend and the Santa Barbara Police Department’s finest all kicking up their heels and singing 14 original songs.

In the special, Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) dive into a world that’s equal parts mystery and melody.  The duo must track down playwright and mad man, Z (guest star Anthony Rapp, “Rent”), who six years earlier was deemed criminally insane after trapping a critic in the theater and burning it to the ground.  With little to go on, they are forced to consult with the one person Z confided in while institutionalized — a dangerous and familiar villain from Shawn’s past.  Their informant uses songs and cryptic clues to reveal Z’s next steps.

PSYCH creator/executive producer Steve Franks wrote and directed PSYCH THE MUSICAL, and along with music composer Adam Cohen, co-wrote the 14 original songs and reprises.  The music and lyrics were recorded in part on the iconic Sinatra stage at Capital Records in Los Angeles. In addition to Rapp, guest stars include Ally Sheedy (“The Breakfast Club”) who returns as the infamous Mr. Yang, Tony Award Winner Barry Bostwick (“Cougar Town”), Brooke Lyons (“2 Broke Girls”) and Jimmi Simpson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) plus Kurt Fuller (“Midnight in Paris”) who recurs as Woody the coroner.

Below is a full list of the songs featured in the episode:

· Santa Barbara Skies – James Roday/ Dulé Hill
· Z’s Lament – Anthony Rapp
· I’ve Heard it Both Ways – James Roday/Tim Omundson/Maggie Lawson
· Yang’s Xmas – Ally Sheedy
· Making Up a Song – James Roday/ Dulé Hill /Tim Omundson/Maggie Lawson/Ally Sheedy
· Often It’s the Opposite Pt. 1 – Kurt Fuller
· Often It’s the Opposite Pt. 2 – Kurt Fuller
· I Hurt No One – James Roday/Anthony Rapp
· I’ve Hear It Both Ways Reprise 1 – Tim Omundson
· Santa Barbara Skies Reprise – Tim Omundson/Maggie Lawson/Kirsten Nelson
· I’ve Heard It Both Ways Reprise 2 – James Roday/Tim Omundson/Maggie Lawson
· Yang’s Death – Jimmi Simpson/Ally Sheedy
· Shawn’s Breakdown – James Roday/Anthony Rapp
· Gus in the Spotlight – Dulé Hill
· Z’s Surrender – Anthony Rapp
· Jamaican Inspector – Dulé Hill

PSYCH THE MUSICAL is written and directed by Steve Franks, who executive produces with Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze and is from Universal Cable Productions in association with Tagline Pictures.

The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV.  USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

Photo by Alan Zenuk/Courtesy of US Network