Last week I enjoyed a special treat with my sister when we went to see Disney's Newsies on Broadway. Growing up we watched this movie countless times, so it was a real treat to see this film production come to Broadway with some new twists in the musical version.
As a winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, I was so excited to see the dancing and hear the songs that I loved growing up. The show didn't disappoint with this high energy and incredible dancing that left the audience smiling.
Without giving too much away de-hard Newsies' fans will notice some changes in the musical version but it honors the core message of the movie, and serves as a special version that stands out on its own. This follows the struggles of the Newsies lead by Jack Kelly (Corey Cott) and Davey (Ben Fankhauser) who show how even kids can can go up against publishing giant, Joseph Pulitzer (John Dosett).
Beyond the intriguing story, I loved the incredible dancing that featured an incredibly talented cast of Newsies. I was mesmerized as they bounced, glided and danced across the stage - including a must-see dance on newspapers!
After the show I was so excited to participate in a talk-back with some members of the cast and the show's director. It was interesting to hear how the show started at the Paper Mill Playhouse and ended up on Broadway with a limited-run. At the talk-back Ben Fankhauser spoke of how fans are so excited about the show and he loves how he many people see it over and over again as well as how it can bring happiness to people. I also asked if the movie influenced their performances where many of the dancers stated that they were too young when it came out but they later saw it and made their play their own interpretation
A fun show for families and Newsies fans you will love the energetic dancing, music and story that will have you signing for the underdog.
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We were given complimentary tickets for review.