by Micaela Williamson
"Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage" (Official Press release.) I have been a fan of show since the film (hint: young Christian Bale and awesome music.) When I found out this Tony® Award-winning smash hit musical will play an exclusive two-week engagement at National Theatre, I was excited to see NEWSIES coming to my hometown!
Inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899," which began when newspaper publishers raised the price for newsies, the musical tells the fictional story of Jack Kelley, a charming newsboy leading the strike against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. Besides great original songs from the movie, including "King of New York," "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Sante Fe," the stage production introduces seven new songs created by the original and iconic Menken and Felden musical team.
Here are 5 Fun Facts about NEWSIES to get you excited for the show:
Tickets to NEWSIES are now available at the National Theatre box office, online at thenationaldc.com, or by calling (800) 514-3849. A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of best available seats at $25 each – cash only – will be held at the theater two hours before each performance.
INSIDER HINT: Look for a giveaway for a pair of tickets to see NEWSIES on our Facebook page later this week!
Disclosure: I was given a pair of tickets to opening night of Newsies for sharing this information. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
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