A story of solidarity and love is set to grace the London stage in November as Broadway hit musical “Newsies’’ premieres at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre.
The Disney inspired Runaway Entertainment produced show will have a limited season from November 28th, 2022.
Based on a true story, Newsies is set in New York City at the turn of the 19th century and is a rousing tale of a ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers, who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.
After newspaper magnate, Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers, charged to the newsies, Jack Kelly, rallies his fellow newsboys in an attempt to protest the change.
Along the way, he falls in love with young reporter Katherine and his life is turned upside down as he and his fellow newsboys join forces to rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons and fight for justice, using the only power they have – solidarity.
The show first fell flat on its face when it opened on Broadway in 2012, slated and only played to 100 performances, but it picked itself up and went on to play more than 1,000 performances before touring and winning two Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score. The original production was filmed live on stage and released in cinemas in 2017.
Matt Cole, director and choreographer, said:
“As a huge fan of the original Disney film and the Broadway production, I am extremely honoured and thrilled to be reimagining this brand-new version for London and the UK. With an incredible score by the legendary Alan Menken and book by Harvey Fierstein we will bring this all-singing, all-dancing show to Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. This site-specific version of the show provides an exciting opportunity to present the piece in a non-traditional format. Set in the round, the audience will be thrust into turn-of-the-century New York, where the action and choreography will weave its way in and out of the audience. I cannot wait to work with this talented creative team on delivering this wonderful and exciting show to the UK.”
Casting is to be announced and tickets will be going on sale in May. To receive priority booking you can sign up at: https://newsiesthemusical.co.uk
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Photography: Perou; Art Direction: Muse; Marketing Direction: EMG; Concept Direction: Matt Cole