By Becca Shinn
“Newsies” the musical is coming to Dallas for a brief, 12-day run. The production will feature a Tony-nominated book and musical score, generous special effects and a prestigious cast of stellar vocalists and actors.
The musical is based on the 1992 Disney movie of the same name, which is based on the historic newsboys strike of 1899. The story features Jack Kelly, a rebellious, colorful newsboy who longs for a life away from the streets of New York City. When Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, raises newspaper prices at the expense of the newsboys, Jack gathers together his fellow “newsies” from all over New York. Together, the newsies strike against Pulitzer to make a stand for what is right, and print a newspaper of their own.
“Newsies” was a surprise hit that premiered in 2011 and first appeared on Broadway in 2012. It has received two Tony Awards, including one for its musical score, by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman. Its director, Jeff Calhoun, also received a Tony Award. Other members of the award-winning team are Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gatelli and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Fierstein adapted the book from the 1992 film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, who were also involved in Disney’s 1999 “Tarzan.”
Tickets for the much-anticipated show go on sale Feb. 2, and start at $30. The musical will run from April 29 – May 10 at the Winspear Opera House, located at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. With so much talent on board, “Newsies” is one performance you do not want to miss.