Last Edition: NEWSIES Stars Recall Favorite Memories- Ben Fankhauser
NEWSIES plays its final performance on Broadway today Sunday, August 24, but BroadwayWorld (and the rest of New York, we hope) isn't ready to let the musical leave just yet! Throughout the week, we continue the Newsies love by bringing you favorite memories from a slew of the current and past stars of the show!
BEN FANKHAUSER (Davey - original and current cast)
Some highlights for me were the television performances we were lucky enough to be able to participate in. The Tony Awards performance was obviously a dream come true. HUGE highlight. Another one was performing on "Dancing With The Stars." In 24 hours time, we flew to LA, rehearsed and filmed "Dancing With The Stars," flew back and did Newsies that night. It was exhausting, but a very cool and fun opportunity. Of course, there are too many highlights to name. But, I will always cherish this show and this experience.
To the fans: you called this show to Broadway and have stuck with it to the very end and have also helped make this experience one I will never forget. Thank you! NEWSIES FOREVER!!
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, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work.
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 that will total 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M. At the time of Newsies' closing, only the landmark musical Rent will have played the Nederlander Theatre longer in its 93 year history.
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 dreams 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.
Photo courtesy of Dancing with the Stars