Enjoy this life-affirming musical based on real life events. It relates a David and Goliath struggle between life on the streets and tycoons in their posh offices. Your Newsies the Musical tickets from StubHub give you entry to this high energy production that tells a moral tale while delivering lots of laughs along the way.
Newsies the Musical - its background
Newsies the Musical is adapted from the 1992 Disney film of the same name. Although not a box-office success it did became a cult film and launched the career of Christian Bale. The film's beautiful score was orchestrated by Alan Menken who won awards for his work on Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. For the film score, Menken worked with J.A.C.Redford but his co-composer for the musical adaptation was Jack Feldman. Together they wrote eight new songs while retaining many favourites from the film such as “Carrying the Banner”, “King of New York” and “Seize the Day”. The poignantly funny stage book was written by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein while the choreography was by Christopher Gatelli. Directed by Jeff Calhoun Newsies the Musical premiered in 2011 at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey before moving to the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway in 2012. There it had a successful two-year run before embarking on a national tour.
Newsies the Musical where justice triumphs
Newsies the Musical opens in New York at the turn of the 20th-century and tells the tale of Jack Kelly. This charismatic lad leads a band of teenage newspaper sellers or “newsies”. Life on the streets is hard and they dream of a better future but life is set to get even tougher when publishing tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer raise distribution prices. This immediately slashes the newsies' income. Rallied by Jack who is helped by a young reporter Katherine Plummer the newsies form a union and sellers across the city go on strike. In real life, the events took place in 1899 when Kid Blink led a two-week-long strike that threatened to cripple newspaper distribution along with the publishers' profits.
During its Broadway run Newsies the Musical was nominated for 23 major awards and went on to win Tonys for Best Choreography and Best Original Score along with Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Music. This joyful musical really captures the strength that people have when they stand together to battle injustice. Make sure to get your Newsies the Musical tickets from StubHub then wait to be inspired by the power of these plucky lads.