Exactly one month from today, the Newsies musical will be making its Broadway debut. About a year ago, that sentence would have meant nothing to me. But in a few short months, I went from never having heard of Newsies to writing this blog post recommending it to everyone.
The new production is based on the 1992 Disney movie about the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899. When the movie first came out, it wasn't a huge box office hit, but once it came out on video it turned into a sort of cult classic with the Disney generation. Somehow I managed to miss this entire Newsies craze, as I'd never even heard of the movie until I started working at TicketNetwork and some of my friends starting talking about it one day. Apparently this was a much more widespread phenomenon than I'd first realized, because everyone who I mentioned the movie to said something like, "Oh, I love Newsies!" instead of, "What?"
So when it was announced that there would be a tryout for the new stage musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, my friends convinced me that I HAD to see it with them. And it was worth it. I am really rooting for the show to take Broadway by storm, because the story, music, acting, dancing and anything else you can think of were wonderful. Reviews of the show were almost all positive, judging by everything I've heard and read. Since the cast is staying basically the same between the NJ production and the Broadway one, audience members are in for a real treat. I would definitely recommend the show, whether you have seen the movie or just want a rousing feel-good musical experience.
Newsies is scheduled to begin previews March 15 with an official opening date slated for March 29. Due to a few semi-flops that have come from Disney in the last few years, including The Little Mermaid and Tarzan, producers have decided to limit their financial risk by planning a limited run that ends June 10. Of course, if the show ends up being a giant hit like The Lion King or Mary Poppins, then the show could turn into an open run, with potential tour plans.
If you've been planning to see Newsies on Broadway (or if I just convinced you to do it), you can find tickets and more information on our Newsies tickets page. And then come back and tell us how it was in the comments!