Newsies: The Broadway Musical will be streamed on Playbill.com as part of its Playbill Playback series and here is all you need to know about it!
The story of Newsies was inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899” in New York City, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. The story was originated by Disney in a musical film in 1992. The musical first opened on Broadway in 2012, before it was filmed at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 2016, two years after the show closed on Broadway.
In this captured performance you will have the chance to see members of the original Broadway cast. The lead Jack Kelly played by Jeremy Jordan, who earned a Tony nomination for his performance. Also appearing from the Broadway production are Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie and Ben Frankhauser as Davey. They will be joined on stage with the stars of the Newsies North America tour, Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les.
Newsies is a masterpiece not to be missed. It will be presented in an arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Disney+. The event also includes a new video, featuring cast members from the Broadway and North American tour productions.
And the best thing about it is that the stream is not only a great event for theatre lovers. It also benefits The Actors Fund, where people can donate. The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals. And as we all know these are difficult times for all of us. The Actors Fund helps out people in the arts, including not only the actors but also the creative team, costume designers, front of house staff – all those critical roles who bring the theatre to life for us. And it’s not just the theatre world. The Actors Fund provides assistance to all professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance.
The stream of the musical will be available for free on Playbill.com for one night only – the 21st of August, 7pm ET.
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