The original Disney movie Newsies premiered in 1992, starring a young Christian Bale.
The first-time director / choreographer Kenny Ortega, went on to direct Dirty Dancing and High School Musical.
The story is based on the New York Newsboys strike of 1899.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
- Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey: September 15 – October 16 2011
Directed by Jeff Calhoun
Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
Lighting Design:Jeff Coiter
Costume Design: Jess Goldstein
Set Design: Tobin Obst
- Nederlander Theatre, Broadway: Previews March 15, 2012 to March 29, 2012 and a limited run from March 30, 2012 to June 10, 2012.
After a phenomenal reception and reviews, the run was extended to Aug. 19. 2012, and then again until it closed August 24, 2014 after 1,005 performances.
- Tour: The show is touring North America from October 2014. The touring version has been slightly extended from the Broadway version, and includes the same three towers (3 storeys high) which dominate the stage.
Link: Article about the difference between Broadway and touring versions.
- Newsies Movie Event
A live recording of the stage production from the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, featuring cast members from the Broadway and tour versions, this will be broadcast to cinemas around the world from February 16 2017.
The creative team is as at the Paper Mill Playhouse above.
Information about screening times and locations
- London: The show isn’t yet confirmed for any London run.
The show earned eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, winning only Best Choreography and Best Original Score.
The live sound for the Broadway production uses a Digico SD7T digital mixer.
Set design is by Tobin Ost.
Hudson Scenic built the three automated towers for both the Broadway and the touring production. The touring version of the towers were remade to enable them to be broken down into small sections for easy transportation.
Video about the set design, featuring Tobin Ost: