Newsies

Dan DeLuca as Jack Kelly, center, and the original North American Tour company of Newsies ©Disney.
Photos by Deen van Meer.
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Newsies Make the News

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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony® Awards for Best score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it "A musical worth singing about!" (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it's a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss. Seize the day and buy your tickets now.

NEWSIES FUN FACTS

THE HISTORY

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Newsies is inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899," which began when newspaper publishers raised the price for newsies, charging a dime more per hundred papers.

• The strike was led by a charismatic young newsboy Kid Blink, who rallied orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

• Pulitzer did finally concede and agree to the exact deal that Harvey Fierstein’s book dramatizes. As a result, not only were the boys considerably better off, it was in many ways the beginning of child labor movement.

FROM BIG SCREEN TO BROADWAY
• Based on the book Children of the City by David Nasaw.

Newsies was the most requested MTI title of any Disney film musical not yet adapted to the stage.

• The Broadway production was originally scheduled for limited 12-week run of 105 performances, however, due to popular demand, Newsies went on to run for 1,005 performances or two and half years.

NEWSIES’ FANSIES
Newsies has a large group of dedicated fans, called Fansies.

CHOREOGRAPHY
• Christopher Gattelli's Tony Award-winning choreography steals the show each night with 31 backflips, and countless spins, leaps and tap steps.

SEIZE THE DAY
• The 16 newspapers that feature in the dance break are torn in advance to separate down the middle easily and consistently.

• 42 sheets of paper are danced on or torn during the riot sequence each night. These single-use sheets are either recycled or given to audience members during the performance.

NEWSPAPERS
• The antique Chandler & Price printing press used in the show was manufactured in the early 1900s and is 1200 lbs of solid steel. It is fully capable of printing, and an expert printer, who specializes in vintage machines, was brought in to train staff and actors in its intricate workings.

Stephanie Styles as Katherine and Dan DeLuca as Jack Kelly.

• There are approximately 150 newspapers used every performance, specifically printed with the headline "Trolley Strike Enters Third Week." These papers are carefully cared for, to avoid tearing, so they can be used for multiple performances.

• The 11 newspaper bundles at the newsstand and in the fight scene are foam-filled with a paper outer layer, to avoid injury and reduce the amount of paper used in the show.

• The 18 "Newsie Banner" bundles are composed of 300 pages of legal paper glued together and covered with contact paper to avoid tearing as they are tossed around the stage.

COSTUMES
• The fastest full-body quick change is the character of Darcy switching to the Newsies character Jo Jo during "Carrying the Banner." The change is 56 seconds and requires two dressers to assist.

SET
• Tobin Ost's imposing three-level set rises over 24 feet high and features three completely automated towers. Built of steel and aluminum, it weighs seven and a half tons.

• Separately or in unison, its three towers can move 14 feet up and down stage, revolve 350 degrees and re-configure to create—among the show’s many locations— tenement fire escapes, a theatre's backstage and the Brooklyn Bridge.

• The three towers move 40 times, traveling a cumulative 676.5 feet per performance, or more than 47 miles a year.

 

SEGERSTROM HALL
Dates: May 17 – 29, 2016
Tickets: $25 and up
For tickets and information, visit SCFTA.org
or call (714) 556-2787.
Group services: (714) 755-0236

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Broadway & Curtain Call Series Sponsor:
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Media Partner:
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