BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES! at The Public Theater Of San Antonio- Magnificent Fun for All Ages
"EXTRA, EXTRA!" Disney's NEWSIES! is hot off the press at The Public Theater of San Antonio. Based on the real-life strike of 1899, NEWSIES! tells the story of Manhattan newsboys as they take a stand against publishing giant, Mr. Pulitzer, to get the pay they deserve. It is a powerful story of hope, loyalty, and fighting for what you believe in.
Written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Alan Menken, NEWSIES! features favorite songs from the 1992 movie such as: "Santa Fe," "King of New York," and "Seize the Day." With a large fan base from the movie, this ambitious show demands a talented team to make it work and The Public Theater has exactly that. Under the exquisite direction of George Green and impressive choreography by Courtnie Mercer, the cast and crew bring the incredible story to life through song and dance. Teamed with the Ballet of San Antonio, each ensemble dance number was outstanding and left the audience breathless.
Chaz Ingraham played the newsboys' fearless leader, Jack Kelly, with all the right kind of charm. He belted out each song with incredible power while still portraying his character's youthful vulnerability. Ingraham's rendition of "Santa Fe" at the end of Act One was especially moving. As Davey, Grant Bryan was believable as Kelly's right-hand man. John Paul Tucker played Davey's kid brother, Les, with remarkable ability.
A true stand out was Chelsea LeValley's superb portrayal of the lovely reporter, Katherine. Levalley proved the ultimate triple threat and was extremely entertaining to watch. Her chemistry with Jack was electrifying making their scenes together some of the best. The entire cast was phenomenal from beginning to end. Their hard work created one fantastic show that should not be missed!
Photo Credit: Nick Barron