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Show spotlight: Newsies

In today's post, Lily shines a spotlight on a cult Disney film turned fan phenomenon, Newsies!


Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Jack Feldman

Book by Harvey Fierstein

Based on the true story of the Newsboys Strike in 1899

Opened at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway on 29th March 2012


Newsies tells the real-life story of a group of young newspaper sellers in New York, who took on the big shots of the press at the end of the 19th century. Led by Jack Kelly, the newsies take action forming a union to let "The World" know that although they may be hidden from society, their voice matters. Told through Alan Menken's heart-stopping songs and brought to life with high-energy dance numbers, the story of Newsies resonates with today's society, showing everyone they can change the world by working together.

Newsies opened on Broadway in 2012 before touring all over the USA. More recently, the show has been filmed for cinema and streaming so new audiences around the world can enjoy its inspirational message.


I became hooked by Newsies when I first came across a vlog series cast member Andrew Keenan-Bolger created, about all the backstage happenings when the show was playing on Broadway. I was drawn into their world, heard snippets of the original cast recording, and gradually fell in love with the show so I bought my own copy. By the miracle of streaming, I have enjoyed watching a film of the show online, but I still hope to see it live one day,


(Original Broadway)

Jack Kelly : Jeremy Jordan

Joseph Pulitzer : John Dosset

Katherine Plumber : Kara Lindsay

Medda Larkin : Capathia Jenkins

Davey : Ben Fankhauser

Crutchie : Andrew Keenan-Bolger

and a cast of Newsies


  • Disney's Newsies : The Broadway Musical featuring the Original Cast and filmed live in Hollywood is currently streaming on DisneyPlus

  • Watch the journey from stage to screen hosted by Andrew Keenan-Bolger here.

  • Go backstage at the Nederlander Theatre on Disney on Broadway YouTube channel here.

  • Listen to the Original Cast Recording on YouTube

Join me in “my own little corner” of the internet next time as I shine a spotlight on my featured song from Newsies - Watch What Happens.

See you next matinee day!