By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 30, 2012 8:00 PM
Stop the presses! It’s time to seize the day!
Today, Newsies is making headlines everywhere as it premiered in the bright lights of Broadway in New York City last night! Heralded by The New York Times as “a stirring crowd-pleaser!” and praised as a “smash hit,” “triumphant,” and “high-spirited, good old-fashioned show” by Daily News, Newsies is set to be another roaring success from Disney on Broadway.
The musical features a score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, the genius behind the classic songs from such animated Disney films as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, and Jack Feldman. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’
Based on the beloved 1992 Disney movie musical of the same name, Newsies features a highly-talented and seasoned cast, from Jeremy Jordan (West Side Story, Rock of Ages) to John Dossett (Gypsy, Mamma Mia). Read a synopsis of the show from Disney on Broadway’s official site:
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teen aged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
We have some awesome photos from the show plus a behind-the-scenes video with the cast. The show looks amazing and the actors are quite the characters!
And now for a fun fact! Did you know that Newsies is inspired by the real life ‘Newsboys Strike of 1899’ that lasted from July 20th to August 2nd? The leader of the strike was newsboy “Kid Blink,” a one-eyed young man who rallied a band of orphan and runaway newsies in Brooklyn and refused to distribute the papers of powerful newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. The Spanish-American War caused increases in newspaper sales, resulting in many publishers raising the cost of a newsboy bundle of 100 newspapers from 50 to 60 cents – a price increase that did not sit well with the newsies! After holding out for 2 weeks, the strike ended with a compromise: Pulitzer and Hearst’s publications agreed to buy back all unsold copies of the newspapers from the newsies.