PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day With Broadway's Newsies Dance Captain Michael Fatica

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21 Jan 2014

Spend a two-show day with Michael Fatica, cast member and dance captain at the Broadway production of Newsies. He takes readers through his morning routine and offers a backstage look at the Nederlander Theatre.



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Disney Theatrical Productions originally developed Newsies, based on the film of the same name, for licensing in response to requests from professional and amateur theatre groups, and Paper Mill Playhouse hosted its four-week pilot production in summer 2011. Audience response to that production prompted a transfer to Broadway for a limited run. Following strong ticket demand and numerous awards, the musical is now playing an open-ended run.

In December 2012 Newsies became the Disney production to turn a profit fastest, doing so in just 41 weeks.

Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the musical is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work. A cast recording preserves the score.

"Set in New York City at the turn of the century," Newsies, according to press notes, is the "rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right."

Visit NewsiesTheMusical.com for details.