Extra, Extra: Newsies Strike Triumphs over New York Newspaper Companies

“There’s change coming, once and for all. You makes the front page, and man you is major news. Tomorrow they’ll see what we are, and sure as a star, we ain’t come this far to lose.”                                                                                                      ~Jack Kelly

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A thrilling Tony winning musical by Harvey Fierstein, Newies should always be on the front page. With music by amazing composer Alan Menken coupled with stunning choreography by Christopher Gattelli, this show should never have left Broadway. I was lucky enough to get tickets to this hit show before the final performance on August 24, 2014. It was an amazing performance that I will never forget.

Newsies is a musical based off of the New York Newsboys strike of 1899. The boys that carried the banner were poor as dirt. Exploited, and deprived of food and good living conditions they were angered when the newspaper companies raised the price that they had to pay to get the newspapers that they would to sell. The strike was a youth-lead campaign fighting for a fair pay and their rights. The boys ranged in age from young children to teens. The boys striked against the leading newspaper companies the World and the Journal owned by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. The Broadway musical was based on the 1992 movie Newsies. 

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The Broadway musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, one of the teenage strike leaders. Played Jeremy Jordan, the story tells of his ambitions, love, struggles, and triumphs. Paired with Kara Linsay (who is currently playing Glinda in Broadway musical Wicked) as Katherine, this duo makes for an unforgettable performance. Katherine is the journalist that takes an interest in Jack and publicizing the Newsboys’ struggle. The scenery on the stage and color of the lighting reflect Jack and Katherine’s relationship. The soft evening glow of the sun sparkles on the stage’s scaffolding.

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Original Broadway Cast:

  • Jack Kelly – Jeremy Jordan
  • Katherine – Kara Lindsay
  • Crutchie – Andrew Keenan-Bolger
  • Davey – Ben Frankhauser
  • Les – Ethan Steiner
  • Race – Ben Cook
  • Albert – Sky Flaherty
  • Specs – Jordan Samuels
  • Henry – Michael Rios
  • Finch – Iain Young
  • Elmer – Anthony Zas
  • Romeo – Nico DeJesus
  • Mush – Nicholas Masson
  • Joseph Pulitzer – Steve Blanchard
  • Medda Larken – Aisha de Haas

To see the full cast visit: http://newsiesthemusical.com/ 

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