Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Tony Award-Winning Musical Newsies is Coming to Boston!

Posted June 23, 2015 by Jon Erik Christianson in Theater & Arts
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Boston’s cultural and artistic renaissance continues as Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Newsies makes its way to the city.

Setting up stage in the city’s historic Boston Opera House for the next two weeks, Newsies tells a story inspired by New York City’s Newsboy’s Strike of 1899 and Disney’s 1992 film about the same event. Newsboy Jack Kelly (played by Dan DeLuca) and his fellow newsboy friends find themselves financially exploited by newspapers and their publishers—including the famous Joseph Pulitzer (played by Steve Blanchard). The newsboys form a union and struggle to fight back against Pulitzer’s aggressive tactics.

It’s a show centering on responsibility, economic exploitation, journalism, and the plight of “the little guy.” The show will no doubt appeal to both newcomers to the story as well as fans of the Disney film of the same name (starring Christian Bale) alike.

In 2012, the critically-acclaimed production was nominated for eight different Tony Awards (including Best Musical), and wound up winning Best Choreography and Best Original Score. The show was also nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The show’s music is by Alan Menken, the lyrics from Jack Feldman, and based on the book by Harvey Fierstein.

Dan DeLuca, who’s playing the starring role of Jack Kelley, has played major roles in musicals such as Next to Normal, Children of Eden, and The Addams Family. Steve Blanchard has a long and storied history in Broadway, with roles as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, the Phantom in the Phantom of the Opera, and Lancelot in Camelot. The remaining thirty roles are filled out by actors with varying theater, television, and film acting experience.

The arrival of Newsies to Boston is exciting news for the city’s arts fans. With each passing year, the city’s offerings in terms of music, theater, visual art, and comedy have been expanding, and the addition of a modern musical classic only furthers that. In the same, exciting vein, the show following Newsies at the Boston Opera House is Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. In 2013, Kinky Boots (book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper) was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won 6, including Best Original Score and Best Musical.

The year will be rounded out by Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the Third Symphony of Gustave Mahler, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and the Nutcracker.

Originally designed as a movie complex, the Boston Opera House, in some shape or form over various openings and closings, has been a Boston entertainment fixture for nearly ninety years. In 2004, it was renovated and became home for the Boston Ballet and the city’s most popular host for Broadway shows.

Newsies will be performing at the Boston Opera House from June 23rd to July 5th. Kinky Boots will follow Newsies from August 11th to August 30th. Tickets for Newsies can be purchased through Boston’s Broadway site here. Evening shows and afternoon matinées still have seats available, although tickets are selling quickly.