I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the amazing past and present cast of the beloved show. Jack Kelly has been portrayed by the fantastic Jeremy Jordan, also seen as Jimmy in the Broadway-esc TV show SMASH, and Corey Cott, a breath-taking Broadway actor. Kara Lindsey opened the show as Katherine Plumber, and Liana Hunt will see the show through. Some actors remained the same at the opening and closing of the show such as John Dossett, who plays Joseph Pulitzer.
I saw the show in 2012 just after Corey Cott replaced Jeremy Jordan as the lead. Let me just tell you that this show was one of the best productions I’ve ever seen on Broadway. There were so many factors that just made the show unbeatable, and I still can’t believe that it’s really closing today.
The set was immensely creative as it was a huge metal structure complete with staircases and platforms. It was crazy to see people appear seemingly randomly, and I can’t even imagine what it was like to run up and down it every single night. Not only that, but the use of technology in the musical was amazing. Huge screens flashed pictures and showed newspaper headlines that really enhanced the storytelling aspect.
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Recently, at the BAA summer workshop that I attended, I actually got to learn Newsies choreography, and let me tell you, it was so much fun to perform. We learned what is affectionately called the “newspaper dance,” and if you’ve seen the show, you know what I mean. There’s a section in "Seize The Day" where the newsboys pretty much dance on newspapers, and even though we didn't have newspapers when I learned the choreo, it was still crazy awesome. The piece is shown in the Tony Awards video above.
Lucky for us, the journey of Newsies, the stage show, is not yet over. The North American tour begins in October, and tickets start going on sale in September. To see when tickets near you are available, visit www.newsiesthemusical.com/ticket/baltimore-md.
Now that I’ve blurted out everything wonderful about the show, it’s your turn. What’s your favorite thing about Newsies? Share your thoughts with me by tagging me on Twitter @KarlysKomments or using my komment form. Happy kommenting :)