READ ALL ABOUT IT!: NEWSIES, THE AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL COMES TO LONDON
Disney’s NEWSIES, the award-winning Broadway musical, opened in London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre and ran to April 2023.
Based on a true story, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of a ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers, who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein it is set in New York City at the turn of the 19th century.
Newsies – the London Production
The original production of NEWSIES opened on Broadway in 2012 and was slated to play only 100 performances but went on to play over 1,000 performances before touring and winning two Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score. The original production was filmed live on stage and released in cinemas in 2017.
Then audiences in the UK had a chance to enjoy the thrill of one of the biggest Broadway hits of recent years. In an innovative and brand new immersive production ‘in the round’ at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, theatregoers were thrust right inside the action as the newsies dance, sing, jump and fly around the streets of a booming 19th century New York City.
Alan Menken said: “I am OVER THE MOON about Newsies opening in London!! I’ve been wishing and waiting for this for soooo long. I truly cannot wait!”
What is Newsies About?
After newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers charged to the newsies, Jack Kelly rallies his fellow newsboys in an attempt to protest the change, falling in love with young reporter Katherine along the way. These young newsies from across the city come together and rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons and fight for justice using the only power they have – solidarity.