My emotional bond from Newsies was created when I fell in love with the special bond that Jack Kelly and Crutchie have. Jack truly cares about Crutchie and is fully aware of how vulnerable he is due to a bum leg. It is very much like a brotherly love and a deep friendship.
You first meet both characters in the opening scene. It was during the song “Santa Fe (Prologue). Here you learn about Jack’s dream of leaving New York and go to Santa Fe. He was talking to Crutchie that maybe he could go with him. Jack believes that if he gets some fresh air in Santa Fe that Crutchie will be off of his crutch. Jack looks after him and they sleep on the same rooftop together. You even are aware that Jack does not want Crutchie to be sent to the refuge because Jack knows just how bad a place it is and considering the fact that Cruthcie has a bum leg, Cruthcie will be quite vulnerable there. At this point “Santa Fe” is more of a hopeful song.
But later in act one, this big fight breaks out. All throughout act one, you realize that Synder is trying to take Jack back to the refuge. This big fight breaks out soon after the Manhattan Newsies begin their strike. It is them against the Delancy brothers and the police forces. Jack witnesses Crutchie being arrested and knows that Cruthcie will be sent to the refuge. This absolutely saddens Jack and he reflects again on Santa Fe.
This time he sing “Santa Fe” alone, which is a sad song when Jack realized that the reason the fight happened was due to the strike. Jack knows he wants to end the strike as soon as possible even though he does not want to abandon his Newsies family. Seeing Crutchie being arrested and the big fight, this leaves Jack with a lot of inner conflict and you can clearly see that throughout the second act.