The stage adaptation of the popular Disney movie dances onto Broadway!
Comments from published critics
‘‘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.’’
‘‘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.’’
‘‘Jeff Calhoun's excellent production benefits from a three-story set design of scaffolds, complimented by cinematic projections, and Christopher Gattelli's spectacular choreography. The absolutely incredible young males in the cast do back-flips and audacious balletic spins, tap-dance on bar tables and shuffle with sheets of newspaper under their feet. Jordan, who starred in the flop "Bonnie and Clyde" earlier this season, proves himself yet again to be a genuine matinee idol as Jack. His theatrical performance bursts with an aggressive fighting spirit and sincere adolescent emotion.’’
‘‘This Disney Theatrical Production stage version of a cult movie is a cheerfully old-fashioned mix of a stirring story with a catchy score. And did I mention that the dancing by a terrific ensemble is mighty awesome? And then some!’’
‘‘Rousing songs by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, high-energy dance numbers, an appealing cast and an uplifting story make this reconceived version one of Disney Theatrical's most entertaining new properties in years...Newsies adheres to a time-honored Disney tradition of inspirational storytelling in the best possible sense. ’’