Broadway Review: Newsies


   Newsies is a 2012 broadway musical based off of the 1992 Disney movie of the same name. It is about the real-life newsboy strike of 1899. It was nominated for 16 awards and won 5 of them.




   The Manhattan newsboys, or newsies, are a bunch of (mostly) orphans who sold papers. Racetrack Higgins, Albert, Elmer, and Specs, to name a few. But the main ones are Davey, a boy who is selling papers with his 9-year-old brother, Les, because of an accident his father had, Crutchie, a kid who used a crutch because of his paralyzed leg, and Jack Kelly, the leader of the group who dreams of going to Santa Fe. But when Joseph Pulitzer raises the prices of papers from 50¢ per hundred to 60, Jack forms a union and they go on strike, with the help of reporter Katherine Plumber.

Musical Numbers:

   The music isn’t taken straight from the movie but rather loosely based on it. Some lyrics and song titles remain the same but most of it isn’t like the film. They removed some songs and replaced them with 


   The songs range from big dance numbers like King of New York or Seize the Day, to power ballads like Santa Fe or Something to Believe In, and in the national tour, they gave Crutchie a song, titled Letter From the Refuge.


  • Jack Kelly played by Jeremy Jordan (Bonnie & Clyde, Waitress, Little Shop of Horrors)
  • Crutchie played by Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Tuck Everlasting, Mary Poppins)
  • Davey Jacobs played by Ben Fankhauser
  • Katherine Plumber played by Kara Lindsay (Wicked)
  • Les Jacobs played by Lewis Grosso (Mary Poppins) and Matthew Schechter (Richard III, Act One)
  • Spot Conlon played by Tommy Bracco (Pretty Woman)
  • Racetrack Higgins played by Ben Cook (Billy Elliot, Tuck Everlasting, Mean Girls, West Side Story)
  • Joseph Pulitzer played by John Dossett (Fifth of July, Ragtime, Gypsy)


   In 2012 and 2013, Newsies was nominated for (and won some of) the following awards.

2012 Tony Awards:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein)
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan)
  • Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun)
  • Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli) (Won)
  • Best Original Score (Alan Mencken and Jack Feldman) (Won)
  • Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob)
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin OST and Sven Ortel)

The 2012 Drama Desk Awards:

  • Outstanding Musical
  • Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan)
  • Outstanding Choreography (Christopher Gatelli (Won)
  • Outstanding Music (Alan Menken) (Won)
  • Outstanding Lyrics (Jack Feldman)
  • Outstanding Orchestrations (Danny Troob)


  • 2013 Grammy Awards: Best Musical Theater Album
  • 2013 Young Artist Award: Best Young Actor in Live Theater (Lewis Grosso)


   And for me. I rate this show a 10/10. This is gonna be the first of many Broadway Reviews so if you have recommendations for musicals for me to review, leave a comment!