Disney’s new musical celebrates stuggle for justice and fair pay
January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
If Occupy Wall Street decided to stage a musical, they could not do better than Newsies. In the event, the new play, which will begin its 101-performance run on Broadway less than six months after the Occupy movement was born in Manhattan’s Financial District, was produced by Disney, a corporate conglomerate that has had more than its fair share of labor controversies. But don’t let this little bit of irony get in the way of your enjoyment of the show and its unapologetically pro-labor message. From Ticketmaster:
Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as an “extra-extra special production,” and heralded by Newsweek as “the talk of the town,” Newsies makes its Broadway debut at the Nederlander Theatre riding a wave of rave reviews and standing ovations.
Based upon the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” this high-energy, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney tells the story of a band of teenaged newspaper boys who become unlikely heroes when they courageously take on the biggest names in publishing. Their battle for justice and fair pay rocks the city of New York and sparks a movement for social change that sweeps across a nation. Filled with heart-pounding dance, heart-stirring songs, with an incredible breakout cast, Newsies is the new, New York musical that delivers a powerful and inspiring tale about standing up today to create a better tomorrow.