What Is the Story of Newsies?
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”
Stop the presses! Disney has produced a winning, high-energy musical for family audiences that doesn't include a single flying witch, talking animal, or dancing teacup. The standouts remain ensemble numbers from the film, such as ‘Carrying the Banner’ and '’King of New York' — the latter is a tap-tastic showstopper that opens the second act — and they pop thanks to Christopher Gattelli's aggressively acrobatic choreography and a high-flying male chorus who will likely drive future ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ contestants to belly up to the barre.Review by Thom Geier from Entertainment Weekly
You can see why [Jeremy Jordan is] being hailed as Broadway’s new star hunk. Jordan may want to unclench his manly jaws once in a while, but his charming Jack hits a good balance of sexiness and humor, and he has a velvety singing voice. Still, there’s a reason the show’s title is plural: The story is about strength in numbers, and the best songs all deploy the big ensemble.Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from The New York Post
What Is Newsies Like?
Newsies is a fast-paced new musical with jaw-dropping choreography, catchy songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), and a book that theatergoers of all ages will enjoy. This is a feel-good family musical that will introduce Newsies to a new generation while pleasing fans of the original 1992 film. The Broadway production includes many of the songs from the movie as well as new tunes and an added love story between Jack Kelly and the new character Katherine Plumber.
Is Newsies Good for Kids?
Absolutely! Newsies is definitely a musical for the whole family. There is no foul language and the steamiest part of the show is a kiss between the romantic leads. Overall, it’s one of the most enjoyable Broadway shows for kids and parents alike.