Extra, Extra: Disney’s ‘Newsies’ to Screen in Theaters


{All photos by Disney Theatrical Productions. Used courtesy Fathom Events.}

Back in August, I was lucky enough to catch the touring production of Disney’s Newsies. Based on the movie of the same name from 1992, the production is the latest in a long line of Disney properties adapted for the stage.

In my review, I wrote about how concerned I was considering how much of a fan I was of the original movie. (TL:DR version of my review? I liked it.)

The plot, which is (loosely) based on the Newsies Strike of 1899 and their fight against both the press and corporations, ends up being incredibly relevant to today’s political scene. Additionally, the moral of found family is one I’ve been seeing time and time again and is a needed message for today.

We follow David (Ben Fankhauser), who has to get a job when his father has an accident at his factory job and is fired because he can’t work, as he joins the Newsies. He becomes friends with the ring leader, Jack (Jeremy Jordan), as they take on Joseph Pulitzer (Steve Blanchard) for a decent wage.

The production opened on Broadway in 2011, and won a Tony Award on Broadway for Choreography and Original Score. Combining the Broadway and the national tour, the production has had 1,711 performances in 65 cities across the United States.

Partnering with Fathom Events, you can see it yourself (or see it again) on the big screen.

This version, recorded at the Hollywood Pantages on September 11, 2016, has some of the original Broadway cast reprising their role. As with all Fathom Events screenings, the theatrical showing will include special behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

The performance screens in theatres February 16 and 22 at 7 pm, and Saturday, February 18, at 12:55 pm. For a list of theatres and to buy tickets, visit the Fathom Events website.