I first saw Newsies on Broadway back in 2012 and absolutely loved it. As the years went by, I found myself remembering less and less about the show, but the thing that I never forgot a detail of was the dancing. When Newsies first opened, it didn’t have a very pleasant award season, but it managed to sweep up just about every award for choreography that it possibly could. And it deserved every single one of them.
Newsies is based on the true story of the Newsboy Strike in 1899. It features Jack Kelly, a young boy with no family besides his fellow newsies standing up to the newspaper tycoon Joseph Pulitzer. They eventually created the Newsboys Union to fight against the unfair cost increase for the newsies to buy the papers to distribute.
While on tour, Disney decided that it was time to create a film of Newsies and recorded the production during a tour stop. They brought back many original cast members, such as Jeremy Jordan, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and Kara Lindsay.
Newsies is a very relevant piece right now because it is about the formation of a union. With everything going on in the United States right now, unions are once again at the forefront of the news because the idea of forming unions is, yet again, under attack.
When I heard that they were screening Newsies, I made sure to purchase tickets as soon as I possibly could. In attending the screening, I really enjoyed what I saw. Between the plot and the music, it was very effective in reliving the day that I really enjoyed a few years ago. Jeremy Jordan is still just as amazing as he was in 2012, if not better. He will bring you to tears with his heart-wrenching rendition of “Santa Fe”. Kara Lindsay is also, just as wonderful as she was in the original Broadway production. She lets off a nervous girlish charm showing that her character is very insecure with herself and her ability to finally break into a career as a reporter. The dancing is still as incredible as always.
My only issue with the broadcast of Newsies was the cinematography. Throughout the video, they used many close ups instead of wide shots of the whole stage during the dance breaks. The upside there is that they have some incredible camera angles during these breaks with an overhead shot looking down on the dancers. I think the greatest part of the way it was filmed and edited was that they showed the audience in between scenes, as well as including the live audience’s applause and reactions to the show.
Overall, I think it was a very entertaining broadcast of a show that I personally believe is Disney’s greatest (Besides Beauty and the Beast; that will always be the best Disney movie/musical). It’s a great show for kids, it’s a great show for adults, and it’s a great show for senior citizens. One of my personal favorite musicals. Feel like the “King of New York” for an evening. and “seize” your chance to see Newsies!
A college student at SUNY Purchase, I see many shows on Broadway annually and love theatre.