June 2016 - Let Us Entertain You: Newsies
When it opened on March 29, 2012, Newsies was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances. The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1,005 performances, with an attendance of more than one million people and a gross of over 100 million dollars. Now, the entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out, smash musical to audiences across North America, making a stop at Popejoy Hall.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dream only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
While on Broadway, Newsies became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.
The stage version introduces seven, brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour called, “Letter from the Refuge,” while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including, “Carrying the Banner, “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.”