Disney Theatrical has a number of productions currently running on and off Broadway including: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Newsies. But before you plunk down your hard-earned money, did you ever wonder if your child would sit through a full-length Broadway musical? Are you not sure if they will appreciate the grandeur and spectacle of live theater? Well, on a recent Daddy/Daughter trip to New York City, I took my girls to see Newsies. I thought what better way to let families know about the show than to hear the perspective of one of my girls. So continue reading to learn what my daughter thought of her first Broadway show.
Review by Evie Parfitt
Dad: OK, I want to talk to you girls about something…
Me: *Groooaaannn* What now?
Dad: We… are going to see Newsies on Broadway!
Dad: Newsies, about the newsboy strike….?
Me: Oh, was it that ancient movie we watched?
Me: Ohhhhh, I remember that… I think?
A couple weeks ago, my Dad, my sister and I went to see the Broadway interpretation of Newsies. We had really good seats, right front and center on the balcony, and we could see really well. The theater was huge, and really nice. The bathroom even had… an attendant… awkward, but still very fancy!
One word will describe it, and only that one word will relate to the greatness of the musical. That word is, sototallyawesomeyoujustcannotdenyit!!!!! And yes, I looked it up in my own personal dictionary, and sure enough, for the example, it said, “The musical Newsies.” Beat that, cheap knockoff musicals, there is nothing you can do but cry in shame! Right before the intermission, I leaned over to my dad, and whispered… “Dad, I’m a Fansie now….”
Anyway, the musical is really good! It’s basically about a kid (Jack Kelley, played by Corey Cott), and his best friend Crutchie, (played by Andrew Keenan-Bolger); they are newspaper delivery boys, working for a man called Joseph Pulitzer, (Played by John Dosset) a very rich man determined to make as much money as possible (I call him Mr. Greedyjerkymanwhoisreallyevil). Also, two new people join the Newsies crew, Davey (played by Ben Fankhauser), and his little brother, Les (played by Nicholas Lampaisi).
In result of wanting to make more money, Pulitzer raises the price of the papers the Newsies buy from him from 50¢ to 60¢. The Newsies are mad that he has raised the prices, so they decide to go on strike, (Real original, right, considering another strike just ended…) Aaaaanywaay… so the Newsies go on strike, and a blooming newspaper reporter (played by Kara Lindsay) decides to do an article on them for publicity, and the rest is history (and if you don’t know what happened, for Pete’s sake, go see it!).
Overall, I thought Newsies was a really, really, really good musical. My favorite part was when they sung “Seize the Day,” because it’s such a classic song, although, all the singing and dancing was phenomenal! That song has been stuck in my head so long, I’ve been singing it so much, my friends know the words as well! Also, the play was so totally awesome, when I bought a hat, I decided to be a Newsie for Halloween. The play was a great feeling, like you were witnessing a part of history for the first time. Go see it, I’m telling you!!!