Ain't It a Fine Life? Newsies Is an Open-Ended Run; New Tickets On Sale Starting May 21
By Kenneth Jones
Newsies, the Broadway musical now contending for Best Musical in the 2012 Tony Awards race, is now playing an open-ended run, Disney Theatrical Productions announced on May 16.
Starting 10 AM May 21, group tickets will be available to Jan. 6, 2013, and single tickets will be available to Nov. 18. Disney originally announced a 12-week limited run to June, then added 10 more weeks to Aug. 19.
The box office has boomed for the pop musical about newsboys striking against management in 1890s New York. Given that its 1992 film source was a box office flop, it was not instantly clear that the revised and refreshed stage version would catch fire at the Nederlander Theatre box office. It has. The week ending May 13, the show grossed $931,370 and played to 100.8 percent capacity. Its average ticket price was a more-than-healthy $96.63.
Newsies was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Book (Harvey Fierstein), Best Score (Jack Feldman and Alan Menken), Best Actor (Jeremy Jordan), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun) and Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli).
"Ever since the Paper Mill Playhouse run ended six months ago, the audience has re-written the playbook for Newsies," said Disney producer Thomas Schumacher, in a statement. "We continue to be astonished by a passion for this show that is as heartfelt as it is widespread and find ourselves, once again, in the wonderful position of altering our plans to respond to palpable demand."
The current cast will stay with the production.
The Broadway company of Newsies features Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and Lewis Grosso, and Matthew Schechter alternating the role of Les.
For more information about the show's schedule, visit NewsiesTheMusical.com.
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