“Newsies The Musical,” Disney’s look into the 1899 newsboy strike in New York City, is coming to Proctors for an exclusive engagement sometime during the 2014-2015 season.
With book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by the songwriting team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, “Newsies” is still running on Broadway after premiering in March of 2012. The show, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, earned eight Tony Award nominations and won for Best Score and Best Choreography.
“Newsies” centers on the life of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenage newsies, who dream of better days far from the hardships of street life in large-city America at the turn of the 20th century.
The story is inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899 when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
It was Walt Disney Studios that first took the story and adapted it for the screen in 1992. Starring Christian Bale, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret, “Newsies” was initially a box office flop but then developed a cult following through television and video rentals.
The updated stage version has drawn universal acclaim, with The New York Times hailing it as a “musical worth singing about.”
Menken and Feldman, who also wrote the original movie version, have updated the stage production with seven new songs to go along with original numbers such as “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.”
“Newsies” is directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gatteli.
Information regarding the show dates at Proctors and ticket information will be announced soon.