Newsies Sets New Nederlander Theatre Record
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT THIS! Disney’s Newsies may be the most talked about new musical of the 2012 Broadway season making and selling headlines. However, these newsboys may be soon shouting a new headline that involves their very own production after selling a record amount of papes it seems to the Broadway and theatre community! What exactly are we talking about though?! Today it was announced Disney’s Newsies has broken the all time house record yet again set at The Nederlander Theatre.
Newsies is a new stage musical brought to you by Disney Theatricals. The production features a score by eight time Academy Award Winner Alan Menken (music) and Jack Feldman(lyrics) with a book by four time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. The renown production was directed by Tony Nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli. Newsies is the epic story of the Newsboys Strike of 1899 which lasted from July 20th to August 2nd. After not being protected from the union during this time period, the newsboys famous walk off the stands has been turned into an epic Disney picture film that is unforgettable. Filled with some of your favorite songs and dances such “Seize the Day“, “King of New York” and “Santa Fe“, Newsies is a Disney movie for the ages. The movie completely flopped at the box office in its 1992 debut but had gained a cult following since which had called for a stage production of the show.
For the week that ended April 15th, 2012, Disney’s Newsies reported a gross of $1,024,516.60 for an eight performance week. This record broke the previous record, also set by Newsies, which was $963,625 for the week ending April 8th, 2012. The previous record for The Nederlander Theatre before Newsies arrival was held by RENT with a total of $955,535 for nine performances ending the week of January 1st, 2006.
This latest news for Disney’s Newsies is only more praise heading the productions way as fantastic reviews continue to pour in for the show which the production is bringing to light with a fantastic campaign (especially social networking wise). The production, originally scheduled for 101 performances only, has already extended once (while still in previews) until August 19th! If strong ticket sales and approval of the show continues, Disney is willing to continue extending the production on Broadway.
Jeremy Jordan (Bonnie & Clyde) leads the Newsies to victory once again as Jack Kelly.John Dossett (2003 revival of Gypsy) stars as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay (Little House on the Prairie) plays Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins (The Civil War; The Look of Love; Caroline, or Change; and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as Medda, Ben Fankhauser (Spring Awakening national tour) as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mary Poppins) as Crutchie and Lewis Grosso (Mary Poppins) andMatthew Schechter (Elf) alternating the role of Les. The ensemble of Newsiesfeatures Aaron J. Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John E. Brady, Ryan Breslin, Kevin Carolan, Caitlyn Caughell, Kyle Coffman, Mike Faist, Michael Fatica, Julie Foldesi, Garett Hawe, Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak, Jess Le Protto, Stuart Marland, Andy Richardson, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan, Ephraim Sykes, Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong and Stuart Zagnit.
For the Broadway production, Disney has also put a lottery system into place for every show two and a half hours before the production. Working like most other Broadway lotteries, winners will be drawn two hours before each performance and winners can claim up to two tickets each for $30 in cash only.
Disney’s Newsies is now officially extended through August 19th, 2012 at the Nederlander Theatre. So make sure you make your way down to 41st street at The Nederlander Theatre in New York City and experience the boys who changed the world with their voice! Seize the day and experience Newsies on Broadway! For more information, check out Newsies Broadway Website or check out their Official Facebook Page. You can also check out the Luner on Theatre Disney Pagefor complete coverage! And of course stick to Luner on Theatre for all your Broadway news you don’t only need but want to know!