The U.S. theatrical broadcast of the hit Disney musical Newsies, which debuted in cinemas in February, will be available digitally, on demand, and through Disney Movies Anywhere beginning May 23.
Billed as Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical, the original three-day release took in $3.47 million at the box office.
The May 23 release, which runs 135 minutes, will include five behind-the-scenes mini-documentaries:
Episode 1: Return to Rehearsals
Go behind the scenes with Andrew Keenan-Bolger ("Crutchie") and cast as they reunite for the filming of this Broadway smash hit.
Episode 2: Return to the Stage
After a week rehearsing in the studio, the cast moves to the Pantages Theatre where their performance will be captured on film.
Episode 3: Filming Begins
Andrew Keenan-Bolger and other cast members share their excitement as the time arrives to don their costumes and film the show.
Episode 4: Lights. Camera. Action.
Get an up-close, backstage look as the cast performs the show’s electrifying musical numbers during filming.
Episode 5: Live Capture Film Day!
Finally, the highlight of the Newsies Movie Event – a thrilling live performance for an audience of loyal and enthusiastic fans!
They are joined by members of the North American tour, including Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer and Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin.
Go Behind the Scenes at the Filming of Newsies
Newsies was inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful New York newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces seven new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour, “Letter from the Refuge,” while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.”
The musical took home Tony Awards in 2012 for Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli) and Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman) and was nominated for Best Actor (Jordan), Best Book (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction (Jeff Calhoun), Best Orchestrations (Daniel Troob), Best Scenic Design (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel), and Best Musical.