Disclosure: I received media tickets to attend this performance. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
Miami is welcoming Disney Newsies to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for a very short run. Now through Sunday, February 8, 2015, Disney Newsies is an amazing and uplifting Broadway musical that will have you rooting for the underdog all the way through the show. I am cutting in here to say that you MUST GO SEE Newsies, and since a limited number of shows available, get your tickets NOW!
Last nights opening night was sold out and it’s no surprise that Newsies has become a smash hit! In 2012 Newsies won the Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography!
“An irresistible, high energy winner… a surprise sensation!” Entertainment Weekly
“A musical worth singing about!” – The New York Times
Newsies is set in New York City and tells the tale of Jack Kelly the official/unofficial leader of the Manhattan newsies, and his newsies, a group of boys that sell newspapers trying to survive the mean streets of New York City. When Newsies first opened in 2012 on Broadway, it was scheduled to run for only 101 performances, instead ran for 1,005 performances and became the highest-grossing show during the 2011-2012 Broadway season. Kelly and his newsies take on publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst when the titans decide to raise the price of the newspapers to up their bottom line.
Unbeknownst to Jack his co-conspirator, and unexpected love interest, Katherine, is actually the daughter of Pulitzer. Disney’s Newsies is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. As Kelly dreams of a beautiful and unobstructed life in Santa Fé, far from the hardships of street life of New York City, the newsies elect him to represent their newly formed union in the battle against Pulitzer and other large publications to bring the price per 100 papers back down. Attempting to “Sieze the Day” and become “King of New York” Kelly has to make a choice between his freedom and sacrificing the fight to protect his newsies family. Newsies is a tale about standing up for what you believe in and remaining true to who you are.
The musical numbers, the choreography, the costumes, all were outstanding. The tap dance performances were entertaining beyond measure for me because I’ve always dreamed of learning to tap dance. Jack Kelly is a powerful actor and will captivate you with his charismatic charm and cute New Yorker accent. The role of Les, the newest newsie at just 10 years old is just too cute to miss and he’s a real show stealer too. His bubbly personality and funny lines made me seek him out during each act.
Other notable characters were Medda with her powerful voice, motherly mentoring, funny jokes and beautiful costumes, as well as Crutchie, who I simply wanted to reach out and hug. Crutchie played his role to a T and made me truly believe that his characters handicap was real (it was portrayed THAT well!)
This production features Dan DeLuca as “Jack Kelly,” Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” Stephanie Styles as “Katherine,” Angela Grovey as “Medda Larkin,” Jacob Kemp as “Davey,” Zachary Sayle as “Crutchie,” and Vincent Crocilla and Anthony Rosenthal alternating the role of “Les.” The cast received a much deserved standing ovation for their remarkable performance. You can catch some of my personal photos from the show on my Instagram page here.
The parental guide lists this show as appropriate for all ages. I would recommend this show for any children ages 7 and up, and boys especially will love the mostly male cast. Disney Newsies runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes, which includes one (1) fifteen minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Drinks and food are allowed inside the theatre for this performance.
Ticket prices are family budget friendly and start at only $26. There are only 7 shows left, playing in the evenings on weekdays and with two shows each on Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 8th.
Disney Newsies is playing at the Ziff Ballet Opera House in the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at (305) 949-6722.
Photo Credits Deen van Meer. Be sure to visit Broadway In Miami for details about upcoming Broadway Across America shows coming to South Florida!
Disclosure: Mama’s Mission was not compensated for this post. I received media tickets to attend this performance; however, all opinions are 100% my own. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.