Musical Review: ‘Newsies’ Is Outstanding

Review By Monique Thompson

When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses, they set out to enact change and are met by ruthlessness of big business. Based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899.

The Tony Award Winning Broadway musical, Newsies, has invaded the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX. The production opens with orphan newspaper boys Jack and his friend Crutchie discussing Jack’s plan of one day leaving New York City behind for a new life in Sante Fe. Soon after, Jack and Crutchie along the other newsies get word that the cost of “papes” has increased from 50cents per 100 papers to 60cents per 100. Feeling disrespected and exploited, the newsies decide to go on strike until Pulitzer and the other newspaper bosses does something about the increase.

After seeing Newsies, it will be no surprise that the production took home the 2012 Tony Award for best Choreography. Hands down, the dance numbers in the Newsies are outstanding! While the story is clearly written with juveniles in mind as this is a Disney production, the choreography is what will surely pull in the older viewers. Thanks to the choreography, it totally helped keep the production from being a dud.

There is a surprise ending that is worth staying for. Playing until May 10.

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