Director: Jeff Calhoun
Starring: Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger
MPAA Rating: PG
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Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars Original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as "Jack Kelly," Kara Lindsay as "Katherine," Ben Fankhauser as "Davey" and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as "Crutchie". They're joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as "Joseph Pulitzer," and Aisha de Haas as "Medda Larkin," and Ethan Steiner as "Les" along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more "newsies" and more dancing than ever before. Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies 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 and take a stand for what's right.
I have to admit I'm one of the few that never saw Newsies as a kid. I don't even know why, but I just never did. So, in my ignorance of the movie, I was ignorant of the huge following the original movie has as well. But, I do admit I was very pleased to have been offered to attend this movie event because I now understand the following and the hype.
I've never been able to attend a Broadway play ever (but will soon, hopefully), so going to see the recorded version is literally the next best thing. I loved every minute of the movie. Even though when it first started I didn't understand what the big deal about it was, as the plot developed I fell more and more in love with it.
The acting was awesome, especially Jake Lucas who plays Les, who, at such a young age, demonstrates so much talent and dedication to his work. I absolutely loved Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelley, The singing was superb and makes me, as per usual when I see something like this, wish I had a singing voice. I also love choreography and think it's beautiful, so I have to say that the choreography in this show was great. These guys can dance their little hearts out, and some of them do some impressive acrobats that made me want to get up and clap till my hands turned red...but they wouldn't have heard me anyway.
The best part about this event was that it inspired me to research the true events that inspired the story (the original 1992 movie with hottie Christian Bale). There was a real newsies strike in 1899 and the name of some of the characters are even the real names of the time. If you're interested in learning more, go here, here and here.
There is still a showing on March 4th, tickets will go on sale February 27th, so mark your calendars and go buy those tickets! It's so worth it!