Newsies, the hit Disney musical based on the 1992 film, will end its Broadway run at the Nederlander Theater on Aug. 24. The show opened onMarch 29, 2012 after a successful try-out at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and will have played an impressive 1,005 performances. A national tour is planned to be launched in October.
Set in 1899 New York, the story follows the real-life struggles of a gang of scrappy newsboys against the powerful publisher Joseph Pulitzer as they strike for fair wages. Featuring direction by Jeff Calhoun (Grey Gardens, Jekyll and Hyde), a book by 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. As of the week ending June 14, 2014, it has grossed more than $100 million. Newsies broke Disney’s losing streak on Broadway, following the weakly-performing Tarzan and The Little Mermaid. The entertainment giant will still have the hits Aladdin and The Lion King running after Newsies sells its final edition.