The show seemed well casted. Corey Cott, who playsleadJack Kelly is handsome and does a good job, and Kara Lindsay who plays leading ladyKatherine Plumber, does a good job as well. The stage setup is also cool; it makes good use of the steel stairs and accommodates the large group of characters running around on stage. I also really enjoyed the choreography in Newsies. The men in the musical were a good mix of manly with a touch of grace. The majority of the show's characters are orphan boys who live a tough life on the streets of New York City selling newspapers, yet when they dance it
brings back a sense of their youth and innocence. The choreography seems to incorporate a decent amount of ballet without making the boys seem too feminine. Lastly, the music consists ofcatchy, upbeatsongs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) that you're likely to recognize and continue humming after the show has ended.
For those few who aren't familiar with Newsies, here is a synopsis:
“”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 teen aged “”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‰غھ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what‰غھs right”” Newsies on Broadway.
During the show, I found myself thinking about how much the print industry
has changed since the Newsboys Strike of 1899 which Disney's Newsies film (1992) and musical is loosely based on. Print is almost extinct now, and people consume their news on TV, online or via mobile devices. I wonder how those same boys would make a living today.
I went in with low expectations, and was pleasantly surprised how good Newsies the musical is. It‰غھs a classic story and definitely worth seeing. The audience feels charged too. Newsies will leave you in a nostalgic and happy mood.