Disney’s animated version of The Little Mermaid came out when I was around 11 years old in 1989. I LOVED that movie when I was a kid, which made taking my 10 year old son to see the Broadway version of a classic a full circle moment.
I found out that my teenage neighbor was a HUGE Newsies fan and I decided that it would be interesting to get her perspective on the Newsies Broadway Musical.
First of all, what is Newsies all about?
NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman,including a song written specifically for the tour called ‘Letter from the Refuge,’ while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’
Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage. (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).
I asked Summer a few questions before and after attending the Broadway Musical.
Why did you want to see Newsies on Broadway?
Newsies is my favorite movie and I heard really good reviews on the play so I automatically wanted to go. I also love plays, so it also appealed to that interest.
What are the scenes you are looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to all of it. I am really excited to listen to “Seize the Day” since it’s my favorite song from the movie. Also, I can’t wait to see how they create one of the last scenes where all the kids and teens from New York meet in front of Polister’s building for the strike.
Do you have a favorite character from the movie? Who and why?
I have two. Jack Kelly because he’s the more violent leader. The second is Davy. He’s the more brainy and less violent leader. I love their friendship. It balanced itself out. One is soft and brainy while the other is risky and an on the go thinker.
What did you like about the play?
My favorite thing was probably the dancing. I also liked how they added some songs to the show. I really liked the tap dancing scene and the music was amazing.
Would you recommend this Broadway play to other teenagers? Why?
I definitely would recommend it to other teenagers. It was an amazing play and it gave a look into the past when the Newsies strike was actually going on. I think others would very much enjoy watching all the fun dances and listening to the catchy songs.
What would you say to someone who’s only familiar with the movie?
Before this, I had only seen the movie and I didn’t know what to expect. I think that even though the movie and play had differences they were both good. There are definitely some surprises when watching the play, if you’ve only seen the movie.
Thanks again to Summer for sharing her insight with us. You can check out the tap dance number below.
The choreography is incredible and the music is fantastic! Don’t miss it!
NEWSIES will play the Aronoff Center from March 1 – 13
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM
Friday at 8:00PM
Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM
Tickets for NEWSIES start at $29.
They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.
For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
For more information, visit NewsiesTheMusical.com.
* All Newsies images were by photographer Deen van Meer and provided by Broadway Cincinnati.
I was provided media tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I’ve loved watching Disney on Ice ever since I was a kid. It’s been fun to create new memories with my kids watching some of our favorite Disney characters together.
Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to your hometown! Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its newest skating spectacular. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys!
Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!
Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock!
Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice & the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards. Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Show Times Schedule:
Wednesday, Oct. 28 7:00 PM
Thursday, Oct. 29 7:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 30 7:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 31 11:00 AM
Sunday, Nov. 11 1:00 AM
Weekday tickets are just $13 – No code needed! Family 4-pack offer $114 includes 4 tickets, 4 Sm popcorns and 4 24oz lemonades Use code FAMD26
**Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee. Discount does not apply to Rinkside, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.
You can purchase tickets for the show online.
I’ve been given a Family 4 Pack of tickets to giveaway for opening night
on Wednesday, October 28th!
*Tickets will be held available at Will Call for pick up one day prior to performance. Giveaway winners MUST attend the opening performance of Treasure Trove.
Disclosure: I am a Feld Ambassador and I received tickets for giveaway and review purposes. All opinions are my own.
During our trip to Orlando, we visited 7 theme parks in 2.5 days! Epcot was the 6th theme park during our trip and we happened to be visiting during the International Flower and Garden Show.
I have to say that we discovered that Mother’s Day weekend was a great time to visit Orlando. We had great weather and short lines which made everyone happy.
I loved checking out all of the creativity on display at the festival. It was amazing to see familiar characters and animals in floral and garden form.
We made Epcot our destination for lunch which made picking a restaurant really hard with so many great options.
My boys LOVE Asian food which made Japan the country of choice.
If you love architecture, you will have so much fun taking in all of the incredible structures representing the world. Epcot is a great way to give your kids an appreciation and education about different cultures around the world.
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Show is a beautiful addition if you visit Epcot in May.
I would love to go back to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival with my husband without kids. There is so much culture to take in when you visit.
You can find out more about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival from their website.
During our trip with Allegiant travel and Visit Orlando we packed a lot into a short period of time. 7 Theme parks in 2.5 days!
I just got back from an incredible trip to Orlando sponsored by Visit Orlando and Allegiant Travel. Our trip was during Mother’s Day weekend. The weather was perfect and the lines were short which is why the month of May is a great time to visit because you beat the summer crowds.
We arrived in Orlando around 1:30 pm and had the challenge of trying to cram in 7 Theme Parks in 2.5 days! We were up for the challenge.
Did you know that May is a great time to visit Orlando?
This will be our first time flying with Allegiant Air. They offer affordable airfares to popular destinations. You can find a city to fly out of near you here.
Did you know that May is a great time to travel to Orlando?
There are shorter lines, you beat the summer crowds and you still have beautiful weather!
You can check out the Visit Orlando website to get more ideas for planning your next visit.
I’m looking forward to sharing about our trip when we get back.
What’s your favorite attraction to visit in Orlando?
My friend Kasey just got back from an INCREDIBLE vacation! When I saw her facebook pictures I noticed that she got to cross off a few adventures that have been on my list for a while.
My response could easily have been intense jealousy BUT comparison is the thief of joy so I decided to switch my mindset! She really inspired me to not give up and to continue to live my dreams. If she could do it, we can do it too!
I asked Kasey to share some tips for how she was able to pull off her dream vacation on a limited budget.