Based on actual events, "Newsies" tells the story of a band of teenaged newspaper boys whose courageous battle for justice and fair pay rocked the city of New York and sparked a movement for social change that swept across the nation.
A stage adaptation of Disney's 1992 film "Newsies" had been contemplated for many years. Finally, in 2011, the company allowed the Paper Mill Playhouse in suburban New Jersey to mount a limited engagement for its subscription audiences. That production surpassed all expectations, earned a terrific set of reviews (Entertainment Weekly said it "easily outshines most new musicals of the last several seasons"), and ultimately made it to Broadway.
"Newsies" features music by eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, book by four-time Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein, choreography by Tony-nominee Christopher Gattelli, and direction by Tony-nominee Jeff Calhoun. Menken's spectacular film credits include "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Aladdin."