*We attended as guests of Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Direct from Broadway and Disney comes NEWSIES! This high energy, beautifully choregraphed musical is definitely worth seeing.
The story begins with newspaper boys delivering papers in New York. Their boss Pulitzer raises the price of what the Newsies will pay as a daily inventory without discussing it with them. We quickly learned that “Headlines don’t sell papes. Newsies sell papes!” The rascally bunch of Newsies break into song and dance, handstands and fabulous acrobatics as they try to figure out what they will do to stop the increase. Under the leadership of Jack Kelly, the Newsies strike and ban together to form a union.
We witnessed the struggles that the Newsies encounter from living on the streets to having no food to eat. A well educated, upper class journalist named Kathrine is introduced and she is driven to make a name for herself amongst other reporters. She then meets Jack Kelly the leader of the Newsies where she joins their cause and helps bring forth awareness to the unfair practices by The World newspaper owner who also happens to be her father. A romance ensues and Jack Kelly and Katherine perform a rooftop duet in Act II of Something to Believe In, which gives faith and provides courage and strength to everyone in the cast.
Optimism is contagious and spreads through all of the neighborhoods having the Newsies flip over excitement of their triumphant plight. We enjoyed the music, the dancing and the story. The young cast did an excellent job especially 9 year old Turner Birththisel who portrayed Les in last nights opening performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This is a great family show which will inspire you to sing, dance and to fight for labor rights.
MAY 17, 2016- MAY 29, 2016
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
Running Time Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes