My first exposure to Newsies was on a long school bus trip. You know, the kind where you’re sitting for hours with no bathroom breaks, noisy singing and squashy seats. The movie played on the tiny static-y screens with almost no audible sound, and the only thing I can recall is when they fast-forwarded the “inappropriate” scenes with Medda.
Fortunately I did get to see it again in it’s glorious entirety – my big sister in high school (not a real sister) loved it and she brought it over to my house so we could watch it together. After that I was hooked. From a 14-yr olds perspective, it was the perfect movie. A mass of cute boys dancing to catchy music– what could be better? Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so. All my friends knew the soundtrack and could recite the lines by heart. In camp we performed a dance number to Seize the Day (with slightly altered lyrics). Newsies was so ingrained in our culture that it was a shock when someone said they never heard of it.
Fast forward ten years… my friends and I were thrilled to find out Newsies would be playing in Paper Mill Playhouse with a slight chance of going to Broadway. A bunch of us trekked all the way out to NJ (that’s like yehupitzville for a city girl!) to see the show. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it did feel somewhat unpolished. After reading some negative reviews I figured it would never make it to Broadway– so happy that to be wrong. Sad again when I realized Jeremy Jordan might not be in it b/c of Bonnie & Clyde. (side note: Bonnie & Clyde was really good, esp. b/c of Jeremy & the beautiful Laura Osnes.) Happy and sad when B&C closed before it’s time, enabling Jeremy to join the cast of Newsies.
Why I was excited for Newsies on Broadway (in no particular order)
- The music
- Jeremy Jordan
- SYTYCD alums: Jess, Evan, Thayne & Alex
- THE DANCING
Leading up to the show there was a huge amount of excitement among my group of friends. The behind-the-scenes videos by Andrew Keenan-Bolger got us all in a tizzy and by the time it finally opened we knew each cast member’s name.
Newsies did not disappoint! The dancing was so spectacular I couldn’t stop smiling. My friend sitting next to me was singing in my ear the whole show. I developed a massive dance-crush on Ryan Steele (aka Specs). Tommy Bracco as Spot Conlon… so perfect (“Never fear, Brooklyn is here” = most famous movie line of our generation.) Les (Lewis Grosso at our show) cracked us up with his adorable one-liners. I don’t know how Kara Lindsay (Katherine) sang “Watch What Happens” without losing her breath, but I was exhausted for her. It’s a catchy new song and Kara had the perfect combination of comedy + pretty vocals.
Other highlights included King of New York, Seize the Day (basically every number that included dancing), and of course Jeremy (Jack Kelly) belting Santa Fe at the end of Act 1. The only song that my friend and I found a bit weird was “The Bottom Line”. They sang it well, but we turned to each other at the same time and said “huh?”. The lyrics were a bit silly and the effect was rather strange. Overall, one of the most entertaining shows I’ve ever seen on Broadway. And now that I have the soundtrack the music will be stuck in my head for weeks (months, years…)
After the show I got all the cast members to sign my Newsies tote bag (except Tommy who never showed , but I went back this week to try and win lottery tix and caught him then). They are all really nice people and you can tell that they genuinely enjoy being part of Newsies. So what are you waiting for?? Get your tickets for Newsies NOW!
FYI: You can win $30 lottery tickets to see Newsies. Just show up @ the Nederlander theater (41st btwn Broadway & 8th) 2 hrs 15 min before the show and enter your name.
And YTR, if you’re reading this my birthday is August 19th, the day Newsies is officially closing… hint hint. (Even though we know it will get extended again.)
10 Reasons to See Newsies
- Jeremy Jordan is an awesome Jack Kelly
- Brooklyn is Here is a perfect addition to the show! I love Tommy Bracco who plays Spot Conlon
- The dancing is amazing– gotta love Specs.
- Kara Lindsay does an amazing job as Katherine and she is way better than the Denton character from the movie
- Les is so funny
- The singing is amazing, not a dull second in the show
- Crutchie is awesome, love when he sings Santa Fe with Jack
- It’s way better then the movie
- It’s beyond magical
- I love how nice the guys are when signing at the stage door, they all seem to be excited