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BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox TheatreBWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Jan 25, 2016

It's not unusual for movies to be adapted for the stage these days, in fact, it's become rather commonplace. But typically, musicals written for the screen that flop (even though they might have a rather substantial cult following), are usually avoided for obvious reasons. Although, that didn't stop the producers of XANADU from plowing forward, go figure. The Disney film NEWSIES actually seems likes a logical choice to revamp and produce on the stage, and it wound up winning Tony Awards for best score and choreography back in 2012, and becoming quite the hit. So why am I so surprised? I guess because the current touring production, while occasionally dazzling, comes off slightly uninspired and flat. Now, don't get me wrong, there are some really fine performances, an eye catching scenic design, cool effects, and energetic choreography that certainly lives up to expectations. And, like the film, an awful lot of people, both young and old, are guaranteed to truly love this show, as evidenced by the very enthusiastic response from the audience at the performance I attended. (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES Is As Perfect As A Musical Can Get, Thru Dec 27BWW Review: NEWSIES Is As Perfect As A Musical Can Get, Thru Dec 27
by Anton Anderssen - Dec 26, 2015

When I was a child, I was a paper boy. I schlepped a stack of 100 papers all around the little town 5 miles from my home; I earned a little bit of money and I still have that savings stash today. It wasn't as if I really needed the money, it was more a lesson about the need to be useful in society. But in New York City, 1899, things were a lot different. At that time, youths sold newspapers in order to survive. This was how orphans and children of unemployed fathers were able to buy food for the day. Many of these kids lived on the streets. Disney's musical NEWSIES tells the plight of these youths. The plot is both a love story and a lesson in capitalism gone sour, bolstered by magnificent dancing and Disney-quality songs. NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life 'Newsboy Strike of 1899,' when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. The show won Best Choreography and Best Original Score at the 2012 Tony Awards. Ending this weekend at the Fisher Theatre, NEWSIES is as perfect as a musical can get. (more...)

NEWSIES National Tour Coming to the Fabulous Fox in JanuaryNEWSIES National Tour Coming to the Fabulous Fox in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Casting has been announced for the St. Louis engagement of Disney's NEWSIES.   The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 19 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 31.  (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES Is the Orpheum's Latest EditionBWW Review: NEWSIES Is the Orpheum's Latest Edition
by Joseph Baker - Dec 9, 2015

There was a moment tonight in the Orpheum's presentation of NEWSIES that I envisioned the entire production as an animated feature -- and why not? There was the infectious music of Alan Menken, who long ago set the 'gold standard' for the resurgence of Disney animation beginning with THE LITTLE MERMAID; there was, too, the 'underdog' hero ('Jack Kelley,' played with panache and charisma by Joey Barreiro), who serves as a point of inspiration for a horde of ragtag 'newsies'; and instead of an 'Ariel' or 'Belle,' there was 'Katherine,' the spirited young 'girl reporter,' who, with her independence and ingenuity, could fall right in line with the other young heroines of Disney films. (more...)

Novi Native Among Cast for Disney's NEWSIES, Coming to Detroit This MonthNovi Native Among Cast for Disney's NEWSIES, Coming to Detroit This Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Casting has been announced for the Detroit engagement of Disney's NEWSIES. The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Detroit Opera House on December 15 for a limited engagement through December 27.  (more...)

NEWSIES National Tour Begins Engagement at The Orpheum in December; Cast SetNEWSIES National Tour Begins Engagement at The Orpheum in December; Cast Set
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Casting has been announced for the Memphis engagement of Disney's NEWSIES.   The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, December 8th for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 13th.  (more...)

NEWSIES Comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts TonightNEWSIES Comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

The Fort Lauderdale engagement of Disney's NEWSIES -- the Tony Award-winning production -- begins performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts tonight, November 17 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 29, 2015. (more...)

Cast Set for NEWSIES at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts This NovemberCast Set for NEWSIES at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts This November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Casting has been announced for the Fort Lauderdale engagement of Disney's NEWSIES. The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 17 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 29, 2015. (more...)

Disney's NEWSIES Opens Tonight at PPACDisney's NEWSIES Opens Tonight at PPAC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

The Providence premiere of Disney's NEWSIES opens tonight, October 20, at 7P at the Providence Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 25. (more...)

New Band of NEWSIES Joins the National Tour, Starting Tonight in HartfordNew Band of NEWSIES Joins the National Tour, Starting Tonight in Hartford
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

Disney Theatrical Productions welcomes six new principal cast members to the North American tour of Disney's NEWSIES: Joey Barreiro as 'Jack Kelly,' Morgan Keene as 'Katherine,' Aisha de Haas as 'Medda Larkin,' Stephen Michael Langton as 'Davey' and John Michael Pitera and Ethan Steiner alternating the role of 'Les.' These new cast members, aside from Pitera, will begin performances at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford tonight, October 13. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 9/29/2015 - 10/6/2015Hottest Articles on BWW 9/29/2015 - 10/6/2015
by - Oct 6, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 9/29/2015 - 10/6/2015. (more...)

A New Band of NEWSIES Will Carry the Banner Coast-to-Coast; First Look at Incoming National Tour Cast!A New Band of NEWSIES Will Carry the Banner Coast-to-Coast; First Look at Incoming National Tour Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2015

Disney Theatrical Productions will welcome six new principal cast members to the North American tour of Disney's NEWSIES: Joey Barreiro as 'Jack Kelly,' Morgan Keene as 'Katherine,' Aisha de Haas as 'Medda Larkin,' Stephen Michael Langton as 'Davey' and John Michael Pitera and Ethan Steiner alternating the role of 'Les.'  These new cast members, aside from Pitera, will begin performances at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford on Tuesday, October 13.  Pitera will debut at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 20. (more...)

Photo Flash: Darius de Haas Brings SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Darius de Haas Brings SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

On Monday, September 7, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present singer Darius de Haas in "Something To Live For," a concert celebrating Billy Strayhorn. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Aisha de Haas, J. Bernard Calloway and More Set for 54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' TonightAisha de Haas, J. Bernard Calloway and More Set for 54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents the Best Musical Tony Award winner of 1978...Ain't Misbehavin! Join us as 54 Below celebrates Black Broadway and the music of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring some of Broadway's best. (more...)

York Theatre Company to Stage Four New Works as Part Development Readings Series This MonthYork Theatre Company to Stage Four New Works as Part Development Readings Series This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

 The York Theatre Company and its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series will present four new works during the month of June:  Orville and Wilbur Did It! a play byDavid Zellnik with songs by Mr. Zellnik and Eric Svejcar; Juliet and Juliet, based on a concept by Natalie Tenenbaum and Sean Patterson, with book and lyrics by Mr. Patterson, and music by Ms. Tenenbaum;  Elsie Janis and the Boys with book & lyrics by Carol Crittenden and music by John T. Prestianni; and Grounded for Life with book by Pat Hazell and Bill Habeeb, lyrics by Lawrence Goldberg and Mr. Hazell, and music by Mr. Goldberg at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  The readings are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00.  (more...)

Linda Lavin, 54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' & More Set for 54 Below This WeekLinda Lavin, 54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This JuneJeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This June
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

This June, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Aisha de Haas, J. Bernard Calloway and More Set for 54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Next MonthAisha de Haas, J. Bernard Calloway and More Set for 54 SINGS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents the Best Musical Tony Award winner of 1978...Ain't Misbehavin! Join us as 54 Below celebrates Black Broadway and the music of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring some of Broadway's best. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lillias White, Cady Huffman and More Celebrate Andy Propst's Book 'YOU FASCINATE ME SO' at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Lillias White, Cady Huffman and More Celebrate Andy Propst's Book 'YOU FASCINATE ME SO' at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

On Monday, April 27, Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland was the place to celebrate Andy Propst's new book, 'You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman.' Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!'s Michael Nigro Joins BROADWAY COMES TO YONKERS TonightTHE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!'s Michael Nigro Joins BROADWAY COMES TO YONKERS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Michael Nigro from NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! sings tonight, Monday, April 6 at 7pm in Yonkers, NY at the Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, as part of the 12th Annual Broadway Comes to Yonkers to benefit Youth Theater Interactions (YTI). (more...)

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