WHAT’S HAPPENING BROADWAY FANS?! We are only 7 days away till Broadway’s biggest night of the year, the 71st Annual Tony Awards. We have more spectacular toe-tapping performances coming your way on our TOP 30 TONY AWARDS countdown.
At # 7, 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. It features music 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 petitioned it to become a musical. Alan Menken and the Disney team decided to give it a shot.
Following an acclaimed 2011 sold out engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse, the show finally arrived on Broadway in 2012 at the Nederlander Theatre. It was originally supposed to be a limited run but because it was selling out and people were dying to see it, the show became open ended before ending in 2014 for a complete total of 1,005 performances. 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”, Andrew Keenan-Bolger (later Andy Richardson) as “Crutchie”, Capathia Jenkins (later LaVon Fisher-Wilson) as “Capathia Jenkins”, Ben Fankhauser as “Davey”, Tommy Bracco (later Clay Thomson) as “Spot”, and more. The show was nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 2008 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 Disney and Fathom Events release. The filmed performance was at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre which majority of the original cast (including Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Andrew-Keenan Bolger, Ben Fankhauser, and Tommy Bracco) all returned to reprise their Broadway performances for one night only with some of the replacement Broadway and Touring cast members. It was released for 4 days in selected Movie Theatres and is now available for a digital download.
Currently, the licensing is now available for all FANSIES to put on their own productions of NEWSIES worldwide.
Doesn’t this show make you wanna join in the fight?!!
The cast of the Broadway hit musical NEWSIES perform a medley of “Once and For All” and “Seize The Day” live at the 2012 Tony Awards.
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