If you like musicals, you have probably heard of Newsies and you are definitely a fansie – it’s impossible to not be. If haven’t heard of Newsies, boy are you in for a treat.
Newsies first came onto the scene as a movie in 1992 and starred Christian Bale, but that’s not the version we are going to be talking about.
Last year, Disney got both the Original Broadway and traveling cast together to film a live version of the Tony award-winning show that ran in New York for two years. As of today, this is the only version that matters.
So, come on. Let’s seize the day and get this article underway!
Newsies tells the story of the newsboy strike of 1899. When Pulitzer raises the prices that the newsies have to pay to buy papers that they then have to sell, they are led by their fearless leader, Jack Kelly, to go on strike.
Also, there’s a lot of dancing.
So, why watch Newsies?
1. Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan played the show’s lead, Jack Kelly, for 7 months before he left to go star on the show Smash. If there is any reason to watch Newsies, it’s for Jeremy Jordan. Having left the show so quickly, you can tell that Jordan is super excited to be reprising his role. It’s almost as if he’d never stopped playing Kelly, that’s how flawlessly he falls back into the role.
Not to mention, Jordan’s vocals are unmatched. Here’s a video of him performing his big solo “Santa Fe” at one of his Hollywood performances.
2. The Dancing
The dancing in Newsies will change your world. They won the Tony for Best Choreography and it’s easy to tell why. There are literally tons of newsies and they are twirling the crap out of this show. Seeing 20 newsies on stage dancing perfectly in sync is highly entertaining and impressive.
You will be enthralled by the talent that these boys have. Check out their performance of “Seize the Day” from the Tony Awards when they dance on newspapers.
3. The Music
The music for Newsies was written by Alan Menken, who also did the music for The Little Mermaid. It’s catchy, it’s fun, and it’s beautiful. You’ve got classic anthems like “Seize the Day” and “Carrying the Banner” that balance moving ballads such as “Santa Fe” and “Letter from the Refuge”. If you’re looking for a musical that has you completely captivated the entire time, Newsies is the choice for you.
Watch the cast perform their Act 2 opener “King of New York” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
You can buy the live version of Newsies on Amazon and you definitely should!
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.