Disney’s Newsies is a new musical adapted from their 1992 film of the same name. The show brings to the stage the story of the New York newsboys’ strike of 1899. The show includes much of the music from the movie, but includes new tunes penned by the same team that did the original music (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman).
– Jeremy Jordan. Jeremy Jordan. Jeremy Jordan! How can he be anything but the good? That voice, that face, the accents he manages to put on (Southern and New Yorker in one season…and a bad a$$ both times?! Come ON!). He’s got swagger, he’s got charm, he’s a good actor and an even better singer. They clearly added higher notes to all of his songs simply because he is in the role. I could listen to him sing forever. Which I might just do, since I pre-ordered the cast album.
– Andrew Keenan-Bolger is adorable as Crutchie. Call me biased, everyone knows I love the Keenan-Bolger siblings, but he’s so sweet! How can you not love a crip?
– The set, holy moly! Tobin Ost has created a multi-dimensional moving set that is continuously surprising. Just when you think you’ve seen them do all they can with it, they do something else! It really added to the show.
– Christopher Gattelli’s choreography is unmatched. I have never actually seen a standing ovation mid-show like that before. I didn’t think I would ever see one, to be honest. At least not one that doesn’t have a huge celebrity in it or something like that. No, Newsies doesn’t need that. Newsies has Gattelli’s choreography which rocked the house. Those guys are up there working their tails off. Flips, kicks, spins, tapping, jumping, tumbling, you name it, they’re doing it and doing it so well that it is awe-inspiring.
– Matthew J. Schechter is absolutely adorable as Les. Not only adorable, but dynamic, too! Kid’s got a future ahead of him if he keeps this up.
– Show stopping numbers ABOUND in this show. Honestly, I felt like every other minute I thought to myself, “This is the best number! No this is! No this one!” It was thrilling every moment that the newsies themselves were on the stage. I know they couldn’t be there the whole time, but man I wanted them to!
– The dynamics and slow build in Seize the Day as it reaches toward the epic dance number that it is was just perfection. That is all I can say, perfection.
– Ben Fankhauser as Davey is just adorable. I know I’m using that word a lot in here, but it just fits so well. He’s well spoken and plays the part of the slightly more refined newsie perfectly. Plus, he has a really nice voice.
– The dialogue from the adults…yikes. It was just…boring a lot of the time. John Dossett who played Pulitzer did not land any of the jokes, or what I assume were meant to be jokes.
– Medda Larkin wasn’t as exciting as I wanted her to be. Capathia Jenkins is great, don’t get me wrong. But the song they gave her? “That’s Rich?” Meh. They could’ve done better.
– Why did Jack Kelly have to say things like “That’s not nice!” When a real boy would’ve said something much stronger when Medda Larkin is allowed to make colorful innuendoes? I understand that it’s Disney, but come on!
– I’m not sure that Katherine’s line was as strong as it could’ve been. It wasn’t the most exciting part of the show, that’s for sure. But, I can’t really fault the actress as she had a lot to compete with. Those boys are workin! Plus, Kara Lindsay herself is really quite talented.
Overall, the show was great and I already have plans to go back. How can I not?!