Newsies is a Disney musical based on the 1992 musical film of the same name which was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Feirstein, Newsies opened off-broadway in 2011 then in 2012 made it’s Broadway debut. The Original Broadway Cast (OBC) included Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ben Fankhauser and John Dossett.
The show follows Jack Kelly, a rebellious 17-year-old boy, who dreams of leaving the New York slums and travelling to Santa Fe to become a painter. When Joseph Pulitzer, a greedy publishing giant decides to raise the newspaper prices at the expense of the newsies, Jack, his best friend Crutchie and the other newsboys make the choice to seize the day and challenge their Goliath. Jack teams up with Davey, the intelligent and rational thinker who inadvertently inspired the strike, and a young, independent newspaper reporter named Katherine Plumber, and between the three of them, they form a union, organise a strike and lead newsboys from all over to fight for the “little guy” and stand up for what they believe in.
‘Newsies Stop the World’ is the phrase that titles Katherine’s front-page newspaper article covering the newsboys’ strike. Her deciding that concept is something that occurs during the song ‘Watch What Happens’ as she sits down at her typewriter fighting all sorts of writer’s block and insecurity in attempt to cover and bring a light to the strike and the poor working conditions of the children in labour. Her title is very clever as it has a double meaning. Not only is it a common phrase but is also true literally, as the publishing company is named ‘The World’ and by striking, the Newsies are halting the sales of newspapers. Newsies stop the world. “A little hyperbole never hurt anyone.”
If you want to check out the show, you can find a pro-shot recording on Amazon, Netflix and Disney Plus or you can find more information at https://newsiesthemusical.com/