|Basis||1992 film Newsies|
|Productions||2011 Paper Mill Playhouse
2014 1st National Tour
Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 musical film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. The show has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 and made its Broadway debut in 2012.
- 1 Productions
- 2 Plot
- 3 Cast
- 4 Musical numbers
- 5 Reception
- 6 In other media
- 7 Recording
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Paper Mill Playhouse (2011)
Newsies The Musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey from September 25, 2011 through October 16. Directed by Jeff Calhoun, choreography is by Christopher Gattelli. Newsies The Musical contains songs from the movie, as well as several new numbers. The stage adaptation writes out Jack's original love interest Sarah Jacobs (Davey and Les's sister) and the New York Sun reporter Brian Denton, who writes about the Newsies. They are replaced by the composite character "Katherine Plummer", a reporter. It is a pen name, explained later in the musical. The songs "My Lovey Dovey Baby" and "High Times Hard Times" were left out of the stage adaptation. Also omitted was the solo for "Patrick's Mother".
The musical opened on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre for a limited engagement starting in previews on March 15, 2012 and officially on March 29, 2012. The engagement was extended through August 19, 2012 after the first previews. On May 16, 2012, Disney announced that Newsies was an open-ended engagement.
The original cast of the Broadway production featured Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly and John Dossett as newspaper tycoon Joseph Pulitzer. The cast also included Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and Lewis Grosso and Matthew Schechter sharing the role of Les. The Broadway production cost about $5 million to stage. Newsies recouped its initial investment of $5M in 7 months, becoming the fastest of any Disney musical on Broadway to turn a profit.
It was announced on August 14, 2012, due to his commitments with NBC's Smash, leading man Jordan would exit the musical on September 4. It was also confirmed that newcomer Corey Cott (who became the alternate earlier in the month due to Jordan's Smash schedule) would be his replacement beginning September 5.
West End (2014)
On May 31, 2013, it was reported that producers of the show were trying to find a home in London for Spring 2014, "possibly at the Piccadilly or the Savoy". (The twitter reported that this was reported by "Baz in the Mail.")
National Tour (2014)
- Act I
In the early hours of the morning in 1899 New York City, newspaper delivery boy Jack Kelly tells his disabled friend, Crutchie, of his dream to one day leave New York for Santa Fe ("Santa Fe" (Prologue)). Jack lives with his fellow "newsies," many of whom are orphaned and homeless. As the sun rises, the newsies awaken and prepare for another day on the job ("Carrying the Banner"). While buying their supply of papers to sell, Jack meets Davey and his little brother, Les. Unlike the rest of the newsies, Davey and Les have a home and a family. They started work as newsies because their father suffered an accident at work resulting in the termination of his employment. Seeing young Les as an opportunity to sell more papers, Jack offers to help the boys. Meanwhile, the publisher of the New York World, Joseph Pulitzer, increases the cost of the newspapers to the delivery boys, so as to outsell his competitors ("The Bottom Line").
Later, Jack, Davey, and Les are chased down by Warden Snyder of the refuge, a juvenile detention center. The boys find cover in a vaudeville-style theatre owned by Jack's friend Medda Larkin, whom he regularly paints backdrops for. Jack refuses to tell Davey why Snyder was after him. The boys then watch Medda perform ("That's Rich"). While at the show, Jack spots a young female reporter named Katherine Plumber. He attempts to flirt with her, but she brushes him off as he does a drawing of her. Jack laments his blossoming feelings for her as the show continues ("Don’t Come A-Knocking"/"I Never Planned on You"). The next morning, Jack and the newsies discover that the cost of newspapers has raised sixty cents per hundred. Outraged, Jack organizes a protest ("The World Will Know"). Katherine, inspired by Jack's leadership and artistic abilities, sees the newsies' strike as an opportunity to become a more successful reporter and decides to cover the protest ("Watch What Happens"). The next day, Jack fails to properly motivate the newsies, as he isn't always the best with words, but Davey steps in and rallies the newsies for a full scale strike against the New York World ("Seize the Day"). The protest is cut short when the boys are engaged in confrontations with the police and Strikebreakers. During the commotion, Crutchie is beaten, apprehended, and taken to the refuge. Jack, upset at the protest's failure and the capture of Crutchie, laments the situation and promises himself that he'll soon leave New York forever ("Santa Fe").
- Act II
The next morning, Katherine visits the sulking newsies in Jacobi's Deli and cheers them up by showing them that her article about the strike made the front page of the New York Sun. Thrilled, the newsies all rejoice at making the headline and imagine what it would be like to be wealthy ("King of New York"). Crutchie, imprisoned in the refuge, writes in a letter about his time in refuge tells the newsies' to protect and lookout for one another (Letter From the Refuge). Davey, Katherine, and Les later find Jack hiding out in the basement of Medda's theatre, painting a backdrop of Santa Fe. Davey and Katherine attempt to decide their next move, but Jack refuses to put the newsies in danger again. Davey reminds him that they'll have to take risks in order to get Crutchie back. Jack eventually complies ("Watch What Happens" (Reprise)).
Back at the World, Pulitzer converses with Warden Snyder about Jack while Katherine listens. Snyder reveals that Jack is actually an escaped criminal, originally detained for stealing food and clothing. Jack soon arrives and confronts Pulitzer. During the conversation, Pulitzer reveals that he is actually Katherine's father. Katherine, who was hiding in the room, tries to apologize to Jack for not telling him, but Jack brushes her off as he is led by Snyder into the cellar. Pulitzer offers Jack a compromise: If the strike is called off, he will be cleared of all charges and given enough money to leave for Santa Fe, but if not, he will be sent back to the refuge ("The Bottom Line" (Reprise)). Meanwhile, Spot Conlon, head of the newsies in Brooklyn, brings in his ranks in full support of Jack's protest ("Brooklyn's Here"). Jack gathers the newsies, and not wanting to put them in any more danger, reluctantly suggests they accept Pulitzer's offer. Davey and the newsies are shocked at Jack and turn their back on him. Jack later meets with Katherine once more and she tells him that despite her namesake, she was always on Jack's side. She also criticizes Jack for not being honest with her about ending up in the refuge for stealing, however, after seeing a drawing Jack made depicting the abuse conducted at the refuge, she realizes Jack stole the food and clothing for the other boys there. The two share a brief romantic moment and Katherine states that "I have something to believe in, now that I know you believed in me". Jack admits that the feeling is mutual ("Something to Believe In").
Jack and Katherine then join the newsies in printing their own paper; one that will determine the outcome of the strike ("Once and for All"). The newsies' paper is sent to Governor Theodore Roosevelt, who arrives in full support of the newsies' cause. Defeated, Pulitzer compromises with Jack once more. Jack proposes that Pulitzer buy back every paper the newsies fail to sell everyday, thus making him seem more generous and making more boys want to sell papers for him. Pulitzer is reluctant at first, but agrees. Crutchie is freed, Snyder is arrested, the refuge is shut down, and the strike ends. Jack prepares to say goodbye to Katherine, as he now plans to leave for Santa Fe, but Katherine says that wherever he goes she will go with him. The two share a kiss and Jack elects to remain a newsie. All ends well ("Finale").
|Character||Original Broadway Cast||Original 1st National Tour Cast|
|Jack Kelly||Jeremy Jordan||Dan DeLuca|
|Joseph Pulitzer||John Dossett||Steve Blanchard|
|Katherine Plumber||Kara Lindsay||Stephanie Styles|
|Medda Larkin||Capathia Jenkins||Angela Grovey|
|Davey Jacobs||Ben Fankhauser||Jacob Kemp|
|Crutchie||Andrew Keenan-Bolger||Zachary Sayle|
|Les Jacobs||Lewis Grosso
|Finch||Aaron J. Albano||Julian DeGuzman|
|Don Seitz||Mark Aldrich|
|Spot Conlon||Tommy Bracco||Jeff Heimbrock|
|Wiesel / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor||John E. Brady||Michael Gorman|
|Race||Ryan Breslin||Ben Cook|
|Nunzio / Theodore Roosevelt||Kevin Carolan|
|Henry||Kyle Coffman||DeMarius Copes|
|Morris Delancey / Mike||Mike Faist||Michael Ryan|
|Oscar Delancey / Ike||Brendon Stimson||Jon Hacker|
|Hannah||Laurie Veldheer||Meredith Inglesby|
|Sniper||Alex Wong||Ginna Claire Mason|
Ginna Claire Mason
|Albert||Garett Hawe||Sky Flaherty|
|JoJo / Darcy||Thayne Jasperson||Joshua Burrage|
|Elmer||Evan Kasprzak||Jeff Heimbrock|
|Buttons||Jess LeProtto||Chaz Wolcott|
|Snyder||Stuart Marland||James Judy|
|Romeo||Andy Richardson||Nico DeJesus|
|Specs||Ryan Steele||Jordan Samuels|
|Bunsen||Nick Sullivan||Bill Bateman|
Notable cast replacements
- Corey Cott replaced Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly on September 5, 2012.
- Ron Raines temporarily played Joseph Pulitzer from October 9, 2012 to December 16, 2012.
† Not on the Original Broadway Cast Recording
The Paper Mill production drew critical acclaim. According to The New York Times, " 'Newsies' will open in time to qualify for the Tony Award in a season when the Tony for best musical is seen as up for grabs; 'Newsies' is already considered a likely contender for a nomination even before the show opens..."
In his review of the Broadway production, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote: "As choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, they keep coming at us in full-speed-ahead phalanxes, fortified by every step in a Broadway-by-the-numbers dance book... Mr. Jordan...is a natural star who has no trouble holding the stage, even without pirouettes... Mr. Feldman’s lyrics are spot-on, while the melody reminds us just how charming a composer Mr. Menken...can be."
In other media
On September 19, 2011 the cast, accompanied by composer Alan Menken, performed "Seize the Day" and "Santa Fe" on The View. The company performed "King of New York" in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in November 2011.
|Newsies (Original Broadway Cast Recording)|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||May 15, 2012|
The Broadway cast recording was released on iTunes April 10, 2012 from Ghostlight Records, the CD was released on May 15. The musical has "six songs added for the stage, including three newly written for Broadway since the Paper Mill production. The three new songs are titled The Bottom Line, That's Rich and Something to Believe In."
|2.||"Santa Fe (Prologue)"||Jeremy Jordan, Andrew Keenan-Bolger||3:05|
|3.||"Carrying the Banner"||Newsies Company||5:08|
|4.||"The Bottom Line"||John Dossett, Mark Aldrich, Nick Sullivan, Laurie Veldheer,||2:16|
|5.||"That's Rich"||Capathia Jenkins||2:33|
|6.||"I Never Planned on You/Don't Come a-Knocking"||Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Laurie Veldheer, Julie Foldesi||1:40|
|7.||"The World Will Know"||Jeremy Jordan, Ben Fankhauser, Lewis Grosso, Matthew Schechter, Newsies Company||4:09|
|8.||"Watch What Happens"||Kara Lindsay||3:06|
|9.||"Seize the Day"||Jeremy Jordan, Ben Fankhauser, Lewis Grosso, Matthew Schechter, Newsies Company||5:23|
|10.||"Santa Fe"||Jeremy Jordan||3:12|
|11.||"King of New York"||Ben Fankhauser, Matthew Schechter, Lewis Grosso, Kara Lindsay, Ryan Breslin, Newsies Company||4:09|
|12.||"Watch What Happens (Reprise)"||Jeremy Jordan, Ben Fankhauser, Kara Lindsay, Lewis Grosso||1:53|
|13.||"The Bottom Line (Reprise)"||John Dossett, Mark Aldrich, John E. Brady||0:58|
|14.||"Brooklyn's Here"||Tommy Bracco, Newsies Company||1:53|
|15.||"Something to Believe In"||Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay||3:31|
|16.||"Once and for All"||Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Ryan Breslin, Newsies Company||4:01|
|17.||"Finale"||Jeremy Jordan, Newsies Company||2:32|
|18.||"Santa Fe (Bonus Track)"||Jeremy Jordan, Alan Menken|
|19.||"Seize The Day (Bonus Track)"||Jeremy Jordan, Ben Fankhauser, Lewis Grosso, Matthew Schechter, Newsies Company|
|20.||"King of New York (Bonus Track)"||Ben Fankhauser, Matthew Schechter, Lewis Grosso, Kara Lindsay, Ryan Breslin, Newsies Company|
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|2012||Tony Award||Best Musical||Nominated|||
|Best Book of a Musical||Harvey Fierstein||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Jeremy Jordan||Nominated|
|Best Direction of a Musical||Jeff Calhoun||Nominated|
|Best Choreography||Christopher Gattelli||Won|
|Best Original Score||Alan Menken and Jack Feldman||Won|
|Best Orchestrations||Danny Troob||Nominated|
|Best Scenic Design||Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Jeremy Jordan||Nominated|
|Outstanding Choreography||Christopher Gattelli||Won|
|Outstanding Music||Alan Menken||Won|
|Outstanding Lyrics||Jack Feldman||Nominated|
|Outstanding Orchestrations||Danny Troob||Nominated|
|Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Nominated|||
|Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor in Live Theater||Lewis Grosso||Nominated|||
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- Review Variety
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