I ended up seeing Newsies today. The musical is about the newsboy strike of 1899, which is a true story. Jack Kelly, the main character, leads his group of friends on a strike after Pulitzer raised the price on newspapers, which makes the job harder for the Newsies. In today’s production, I had an understudy playing Katherine, Jack’s love interest.
I absolutely loved it. One of the best parts of this production is the choreography. This is a dance-filled musical comedy. The different dances were just mind-blowing. The boys were flipping, jumping high up in the air, jumping over each other, etc. I could believe that they were able to do all of those advanced moves. They even managed to dance on top of newspapers. The dancing really added to the whole experience.
As for the songs, they were memorable. My favorite song from Newsies is “Seize the Day”, the title song. I also love “King of New York”, “Carry the Banner”, “Santa Fe”, and “Something to Believe In”. The songs are always what makes me decide whether or not I love a musical. Whenever I fall in love with the songs, I always fall in love with the musical. In my opinion, whenever you fall in love with the songs in a musical, you also fall in love with the emotions. The score was both positive and negative and the best scores and strongest plots come from both.
The cast was incredible. Special ones to note are the Newsies and Katherine. The Newsies truly acted like a group of brothers. Jack has a special bond to Crutchie and I could see chemistry happening between the two of them. I even saw wonderful chemistry between Katherine and Jack. They really made the characters memorable. Other Newsies to note are Davey and Les, two actual brothers of the group. The reason why the the Newsies are so appealing because they are making a stand on what they believe in even though they are underdogs. Jack is the leader among them and yes there are times when the strike causes him a lot of conflict, but he still cares about his brothers.
So overall, it had wonderful staging, costumes, acting, dancing, and songs. I plan to eventually get the soundtrack. Musicals have a wonderful ability to connect you to the material. The songs are why musicals are so unique. There is just something about music that draws you in. I am planning to own the soundtrack because I loved it so much. The show is incredible.