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Last spring, my choir sang a medley of Newsies’ songs. I was instantly struck by the beauty of Alan Menken’s expert composition. There are few composers who can pack as big of an emotional punch as Menken. I soon became obsessed with the Newsies soundtrack, listening to the music nonstop. Naturally, I was a little nervous walking into the Orpheum Tuesday night to see the touring production of Newsies that is currently playing through…Continue
After attending the opening night performance of Newsies at the Orpheum, I can finally understand all the hype surrounding the show. Though a story about a couple of ragtag newsboys fighting for their rights as workers in Lower Manhattan during the late 1800s might not seem very uplifting or particularly interesting, the performance was so passionate that the audience became completely enthralled within the first few scenes. With music by one of…Continue
At the turn of the twentieth century, America was a whirlwind of industrialization, changing gender roles, and socio-economic inequality. Children were forced to earn money for their families, women were starting to go to work, and the rich were only getting richer. Countless stories emerged from this time period, but one specific story was captured by Disney in 1992 for a movie. After much success of the movie, it was adapted for the stage…Continue
Newsies the Musical
As a musical theater fan and performer, I enjoy that Newsies, shows the traditional side of musical theater. Containing friendships, romance, full dance numbers, one too many reprises of our favorite song, and a beautiful musical score.
Newsies, originally a Disney movie in 1992, focuses on a young orphan named Jack Kelly at the turn of the century. Kelly and his friends…Continue
TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue
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SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew.
This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.