Opened: March 29, 2012
Book by: Harvey Fierstein
Music by: Alan Menken
Lyrics By: Jack Feldman
Starring: Jeremy Jordan, John Dossett, Kara Lindsay, Capathia Jenkins, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Lewis Grosso, Matthew Schechter, Aaron J. Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John E. Brady, Ryan Breslin, Kevin Carolan, Kyle Coffman, Mike Faist, Julie Foldesi, Garrett Hawe, Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak, Jess LeProtto, Stuart Marland, Andy Richardson, Ryan Steele, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan, Ephraim Sykes, Laurie Veldheer & Alex Wong
In a time when we are seeing so much student revolution, a show like this cannot be more relevant.
In 1899 New York City, Jack Kelly (Jeremy Jordan) leads the newsies – the boys that sell the papers for the big companies – on a strike when New York World publisher Joseph Pulitzer (John Dossett) unfairly raises the prices the newsies pay to obtain the papers in the first place.
This musical is what all great theater should be. It’s fun, fun, and there’s hardly a moment to be bored. The largely male cast takes on dance numbers that thrill. And while their story – based on a true one – is tough, there’s a nice romance plot between Jack and journalist Katherine Plumber (Kara Lindsay), who’s an underdog as well.
Final say: A fantastic show for all ages. ★★★★★