WHAT'S HAPPENING BROADWAY FANS?! We are only 14 DAYS AWA till Broadway's biggest night of the year, the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. We have more spectacular toe-tapping performances coming your way on our TOP 30 TONY AWARDS countdown. Get ready because this next one is truly one of the best.
At # 14 on our countdown, we travel back in time to NYC in the year 1899 during the historical time of the Newsboys Strike. This is of course Disney's acclaimed smash hit Newsies. With a score by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It's based on the cult 1992 Disney film of the same name.
From the 2012 telecast, Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan as the rebellious leader "Jack Kelly" and the company perform a medley of ONCE AND FOR ALL and the show's showstopping anthem SEIZE THE DAY.
NEWSIES initially was a huge box office flop when the original 1992 film was released. However, following numerous airings on the Disney Channel and because Disney was already getting success with Broadway, fans of the cult film petitioned it to be translated into a stage musical. Alan Menken and the Disney team decided to give it a shot.
The show originally premiered at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 which was sold out. Because of the overwhelming response, it officially the show finally arrived on Broadway in 2012 playing the Nederlander Theatre for a complete total of 1,005 performances. The Broadway run was originally supposed to be a limited run. However thanks to it selling out and people were dying to see it, the team decided to have the show as an open ended before ending its official run in 2014. Under the direction of Jeff Calhoun and choreography by Christopher Gattelli, the cast starred…
Jeremy Jordan (later Corey Cott) as "Jack Kelly",
Kara Lindsay (later Liana Hunt) as "Katherine Plumber",
Tony nominee John Dossett as "Joseph Pulitzer",
Ben Fankhauser as "Davey",
The show was nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 2012 winning only 2 for Best Original Score (for Alan Menken) and Best Choreography (for Christopher Gattelli).
Following it's Broadway run, the show embarked on an acclaimed 2 year North American National Tour. Towards the end of the tour, the final stop in LA was captured on film for a theatrical release from Disney and Fathom Events release and available now on Amazon. The filmed performance was at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. With Jeff Calhoun and Christopher Gattelli board, the filmed performance featured majority of the original cast from Broadway reprising their roles joined on stage with several of the tour cast members including…
Jeremy Jordan as "Jack Kelly",
Kara Lindsay as "Katherine Plumber",
Steve Blanchard as "Joseph Pulitzer",
Aisha de Haas as "Medda Larkin",
Ben Fankhauser as "Davy",
Tommy Bracco as "Spot",
Currently, the licensing is now available for all FANSIES to put on their own productions of NEWSIES worldwide. Productions are being played everywhere from Schools, Community, and Regional Theaters all over.
Doesn't this show make you wanna join in the fight?!!