March 29, 2012
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 of a life far from the hardship of the streets. 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.
The musical is based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, which, in turn, inspired Disney’s 1992 movie musical of the same name, starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Ann-Margret.
The musical was first produced in September 2011 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
Book by Harvey Fierstein; music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Jack Feldman
Disney Theatrical Productions (Thomas Schumacher)
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite New Musical
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Production of a Musical
Costing more than $15 million and earning less than $3 million at the box office, the cult film Newsies is one of the lowest grossing films in Disney history.