Kings of New York - NEWSIES at the Tonys!
NEWSIES plays its final performance on Broadway this coming Sunday, August 24, but BroadwayWorld (and the rest of New York, we hope) isn't ready to let the musical leave just yet! All this week we're bringing you snapshots from the NEWSIES "paper route" -- from the movie to how the show got to the Great White Way, to the show's still-burgeoning fandom, and its award-winning cast and creative team.
NEWSIES features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
In honor of the beloved show's final week of performances, BWW is taking a look back at some of the musical's big wins during the 2012 awards season!
Before we get into the nominations and winners, watch NEWSIES perform a medley of "Once And For All" and "Seize the Day" at the 2012 ceremony...
NEWSIES was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2012:
- Thomas Schumacher and Disney Theatrical Productions for Best Musical
- Harvey Fierstein for Best Book of a Musical
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge sat down with many of the Tony nominees at the May 2012 Tony Brunch, including Fierstein. Watch his interview below!
In BWW's pre-Tonys interview with Feldman, he said his favorite song is "King of New York": "It was one of the last songs that we wrote for the movie, and it's not an anthem, but it's a real character/story song. It's fun and the music is so catchy. It was really fun writing the words."
- Jeremy Jordan for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
- Christopher Gattelli for Best Choreography*
BWW's Richard Ridge spoke with Gattelli at the 2012 Tony Brunch - watch the interview below!
- Jeff Calhoun for Best Direction of a Musical
- Danny Troob for Best Orchestrations
- Sven Ortel (projections) and Tobin Ost (scenic design) for Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Plus, the show received six Drama Desk Award nominations:
- Thomas Schumacher and Disney Theatrical Productions for Outstanding Musical
- Jeremy Jordan for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
- Christopher Gattelli for Outstanding Choreography*
- Danny Troob for Outstanding Orchestrations
- Jack Feldman for Outstanding Lyrics
- Alan Menken for Outstanding Music*
In the end, NEWSIES won in the same two categories at both awards ceremonies -- Christopher Gattelli took top honors for choreography, and Jack Feldman and Alan Menken came out on top with their exceptional score.
Watch the NEWSIES' cast react to Gattelli's win backstage! (And click here for more backstage moments.)
Now check out our post-win interview with Gatelli!
The NEWSIES Original Cast Recording was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award that year.
In the video below, go behind the scenes with the cast in the recording studio!
And Lewis Grosso (who played Les, on the far right in the photo below) was among the nominees for Best Young Actor in Live Theater at the 2012 Young Artist Awards.
Congratulations on an honor-filled run, NEWSIES! And no matter how many trophies, you truly are the "King(s) of New York"!