Kings of New York! Disney Announces Newsies is Officially an Open Run on Broadway
Ain’t it a fine life! With more momentum then ever before, it seems as though Disney’s Newsies on Broadway could not have a better life sweeping into town with raving reviews and fan support like no other this year. However, life can still get better. And it just did. Disney Theatrical yesterday proudly announced that Newsies the Musical, only planned until August 19th, 2012, will now officially play an open run on Broadway 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. 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.
In a very much expected announcement, Disney Theatrical has finally announced Newsies on Broadway will play on open run at The Nederlander Theatre. Considering the fact that the Broadway production had to extend its 101 performance plan during previews for the show, many expected either another extension or an open ended run announcement. I mean, who closes a show that is grossing close to $1 million dollars a week? Many believed Disney Theatrical would hold off till 2012 The Tony Awards to see how well the show is received but it looks as though Disney is going to make its own headlines first! And this may be Newsies biggest and best headline YET!
Broadway has waited quite some time now for Newsies and it seems as though the time has never been better for such a musical. Working against the modern world and current movements of those such as “Occupy”, Newsies has not only brought its cult following to Broadway after 20 years but connected to countless people of the modern world. It also still finds its own light to shine in with a season of hits and new productions filling up Broadway. Newsies also recieved 8 Tony Award nominations earlier this month including the nomination for Best Musical.
Disney Theatrical Producer Thomas Schumacher said the following about Newsies exciting new announcement:
“Ever since the Paper Mill Playhouse run ended six months ago, the audience has re-written the playbook for Newsies. We continue to be astonished by a passion for this show that is as heartfelt as it is widespread and find ourselves, once again, in the wonderful position of altering our plans to respond to palpable demand.”
As if all this good news wasn’t enough, we still have more! Disney has announced the current cast of the production will be staying with the show through this open ended run.
Despite the fact that Luner on Theatre has still not seen Newsies (Don’t even get us started), we plan on seeing this musical VERY soon and have no worries now about a closing date! We are beyond looking forward to experiencing Newsies!
So make your way to New York City and experience Broadway’s newest and hottest musical, Newsies! The musical is running at The Nederlander Theatre on 41st street. Tickets for the rest of the open ended run go on Sale 10 AM on May 21st, 2012. This is for both single tickets and group tickets. This is a theatre experience to not miss out on! For more information, check out Disney’s Official Newsies Website.You can also check out Luner on Theatre’s Entire Page dedicated to Disney. And don’t forget about our NEW URL: www.lunerontheatre.wordpress.com! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre as we bring you the theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and more!