Starting in October, 2014, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Newsies will begin a North American tour. Over the course of 43 weeks, Newsies will travel coast-to-coast and play 25 cities, from Schenectady, NY to Los Angeles, CA. Since launching in March of 2012, Newsies has racked up almost 700 performances–no small feat considering the show was originally intended as a limited engagement. The show features a Tony Award-winning score, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner and Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldmen. Choreographer Christopher Gatelli has also been honored with a Tony Award for his work on the show.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, 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 for what’s right.
Newsies is 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 newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.”
You can see the full tour schedule on the Newsies website.