Above: The Aurora Theatre company of “Newsies.” Photo by Chris Bartelski.
Aurora Theatre uses a cast of 31 to tell a story inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. Newsies, with a Tony Award-winning score by Jack Feldman and Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), is based on the 1992 Disney movie. The musical takes place in turn-of-the-century New York City, where publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst try to take advantage of the newsboys to increase profits. The newsboys response: Strike!!! Hearst and Pulitzer didn’t bank on facing the charismatic Jack Kelly, who becomes the newsies’ leader and champion. The show features 19 songs, a live orchestra and a lots of dancing.
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