11 Jul 19:30 - 20 Jul 22:00 - Shreveport
Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
HOT OFF THE PRESS | NEWSIES
COMING JULY 11 - 20, 2019 at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
Stage Center staff stayed up late last night to secure one of the first performance licenses to bring Disney's NEWSIES to Shreveport next summer. We are thrilled to announce it as the first production joining our 2019 season! And don't miss GODSPELL ~ opening our 4-performance run tonight at 7PM!
Disney’s NEWSIES, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots). While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. Newsies is inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899," when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”