Newsies on Broadway: Tickets, reviews and video

Extra! Extra! Disney makes big headlines in New York theater with the bighearted crowd-pleaser, Newsies.

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  • Photograph: Deen van Meer

  • Photograph: Deen van Meer

  • Photograph: Deen van Meer

  • Photograph: Deen van Meer

  • Photograph: T. Charles Erickson

Photograph: Deen van Meer

Newsies on Broadway tickets

Newsies on Broadway: Show information

Nederlander Theatre. Book by Harvey Fierstein. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Jack Feldman. Dir. Jeff Calhoun. With Corey Cott, John Dossett, Kara Lindsey. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.

Since Disney opened Beauty and the Beast on Broadway in 1994, the mighty mouse has been a reliable source of long-running musicals…just not every time. Take Tarzan and The Little Mermaid (please). However, the family-friendly entertainment giant can still turn out hits. Witness the ongoing phenomenon of The Lion King, the respectable six-year run for Mary Poppins and new kid on the block Newsies. Based on the 1992 Disney film flop (which starred a then-16-year-old Christian Bale), Newsies was never meant to be a Broadway fixture. Composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, responding to high demand for a stage version that could be licensed to colleges and community theaters, decided to adapt the work. They took this based-on-a-true-story scenario—about the 1899 Newsboy Strike against media magnate Joseph Pulitzer—and added songs and a savvy book by Harvey Fierstein. The resulting musical, with muscular, graceful choreography by Christopher Gattelli and a sweeping, cohesive staging by Jeff Calhoun, is the most successful new big-tent tuner on Broadway since Wicked. New York theater fans are flocking to this unexpected blockbuster: scrappy, defiant, old-fashioned fun.—David Cote

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Nederlander Theatre
208 W 41st St
Midtown West
New York

Cross street
between Broadway and Eighth Ave



Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, W, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
How to get to the Nederlander Theatre

Newsies on Broadway review

No one knows what to do with newspapers these days. They kill trees, get your fingers smeary and, in the event their stories are actually true, lag behind the Internet. Anyone who works at a daily (or even—gulp!—a weekly) frets constantly about impending obsolescence. So imagine what a joy it is to see the dear old things so gainfully employed in Disney’s barnstorming, four-alarm delight Newsies. The “papes,” as they’re called by the show’s scrappy New Yawk street hawkers, are indispensable props. They’re stuffed greedily into sacks, hurled as missiles during fights, even spread on the floor for an impromptu dance surface. But it’s not just the clever recycling of tabloid sheets that endears you to this bright, invigorating extravaganza: Not since Wicked has there been a big-tent, family-friendly Broadway musical that gets so much so right.

Set during the city’s newsboy strike in the summer of 1899, Newsies takes the diverting Disney film and adds extra tunes and many more high-jumping dances for the spunky male ensemble. The Alan Menken–Jack Feldman score pleasingly blends music-hall orchestral swing and power pop, and Feldman’s lyrics are more graceful than you’d expect from a show aimed primarily at tweens. Harvey Fierstein’s book brims with sass and big-hearted sympathy for the underdog. And director Jeff Calhoun’s designers balance a gray-brown palette with splashes of color (mostly from costumes), creating grit to rub up against the material’s built-in melodrama and sentimentality.

Jeremy Jordan is a charismatic wonder in the lead role of Jack Kelly, the kindhearted teen who dreams of escaping to Santa Fe but accepts the mantle of hero, unionizing the newsies and standing up to antilabor magnate Joseph Pulitzer (John Dossett, squeezing notes of subtlety from a villain role). Old-fashioned book musicals with pluck, brains and heart are so rare these days; when you see one as blissfully fun as Newsies, it belongs on the front page in 72-point type.—David Cote

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Newsies opening night cast & crew

Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly
John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer
Kara Lindsay as Katherine
Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin
Ben Fankhauser as Davey
Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie
Lewis Grosso as Les [Alternate]
Matthew J. Schechter as Les [Alternate]
Jeff Calhoun - Director
Harvey Fierstein - Book
Alan Menken - Music
Jack Feldman - Lyrics
Christopher Gattelli - Choreographer
Tobin Ost - Scenic Design
Jess Goldstein - Costume Design
Jeff Croiter - Lighting Design
Ken Travis - Sound Design
Disney Theatrical Productions - Producer

Newsies awards

2012 Tony Awards
  • Best Choreography - Christopher Gattelli
  • Best Original Score - Alan Menken and Jack Feldman

2012 Drama Desk Awards
  • Outstanding Choreography - Christopher Gattelli
  • Outstanding Music - Alan Menken