Watch what happens when a beloved show gets a whole new look. The award-winning musical Newsies made headlines on Broadway and now makes its U.K. premiere at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Seize the day and book Newsies tickets now.
The Newsies musical brings audiences into the heart of 19th-century New York, where a scrappy group of newsboys hawks the day's papers, barely scraping by. These teenagers' dreams of a better life go further out of reach when their boss, newspaper tycoon Joseph Pulitzer, charges them more money just to work.
Led by Jack Kelly, newsies from across the city band together as an unofficial union and go head-to-head with the powerful Pulitzer to fight for their rights as workers. Meanwhile, Katherine Plumber, one of the rare female reporters on the scene, faces her own challenge to be recognized as she covers the newsies' strike.
The true story of the 1899 newsboy strike in New York inspired the plot of Newsies. Before it was a stage musical, though, Newsies was a Disney movie musical starring Christian Bale as Jack Kelly. Alan Menken composed the songs for the Newsies film, many of which made it in the musical, like "Carrying the Banner," "Santa Fe," "Seize the Day," and "King of New York."
Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman later won the Tony Award for Best Original Score when the Newsies musical came to Broadway in 2012. The show also won Best Choreography and got six additional Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Thanks to its awards success and ever-growing base of "fansies," Newsies's planned 100-performance run repeatedly got extended, and the show ultimately played over 1,000 performances in its two-plus years on Broadway.