Highlights from the World Premiere of Newsies at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse (Video)

PlayBlog   Highlights from the World Premiere of Newsies at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse (Video)
Newsies, based on the 1992 Disney movie musical of the same name, has been adapted for the stage and will officially open in a world-premiere production at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse Sept. 25, following previews that began Sept. 15. Here, Playbill.com has highlights from the new musical directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun.

The musical features a score by eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman. Old favorites from the movie such as "Seize the Day," "King of New York" and "Santa Fe" have all made the transfer to the stage, and the duo has rounded out the score with new tunes including a power-ballad for the show's ingénue, Katherine Plumber, as well as a big number for the Brooklyn newsies entitled "Brooklyn's Here," among others.

Newsies, according to press notes, is “inspired by the real life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led the ragged orphans and runaways known as newsies on a two-week-long action against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, the musical is the tale of newsie Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when Pulitzer and Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike.”

To check out the highlights from Newsies, look below:

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