Newsies, the hit Disney musical, will end its Broadway run at the Nederlander Theater on Aug. 24, after an impressive 1,005 performances. Set in 1899 New York, the story follows the real-life struggles of a gang of scrappy newsboys against the powerful publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Featuring direction by Jeff Calhoun (Grey Gardens, Jekyll and Hyde), a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Kinky Boots), music by Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), and lyrics by Jack Feldman, Newsies was originally intended to play Broadway in a limited run of only three months. But positive reviews, good word of mouth, and two Tony Awards (for the score and Christopher Gattelli’s choreography) helped push the show into hit territory. Here are five reasons to rush to Newsies before the final edition is sold.
It’s a family musical for boys
With the name Disney attached, you know the show will be fun for the whole family. But, unlike Wicked and Cinderella which has a special appeal for little princesses, Newsies will excite the boys in your group. The story is full of adventure and derring-do as feisty Jack Kelly leads his fellow newsboys in a fight for fair wages and treatment.
There’s a spunky heroine, too
Though the boys are well-represented on stage, there’s also a heroine with enough spunk to keep up with all of them. Katharine, the ambitious would-be journalist who wants to report the newsies’ story, will give the little girls in your family someone to cheer for.
The dancing is tops
Combining various elements such as tap, acrobatics, and even a dash of ballet, Christopher Gattelli’s athletic choreography will keep you astonished.
A fun history lesson
While the kids are enjoying the singing and dancing, they’ll be learning about the history of New York without realizing it. Fierstein’s book offers the chance to see what it was like to be a kid over a century ago before there were child labor laws.
Alan Menken’s rich melodies and Jack Feldman’s snappy lyrics tell a vibrant story of struggling to stay alive and the joy of winning a just fight. “King of New York” is a soaring kicky up number, “Seize the Day” is a triumphant anthem, and “That’s Rich” recreates the humor of the turn-of-the-century Bowery music halls.