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Newsies Tickets – Get To Know The Writers

Thinking about getting a pair of Newsies Tickets?  The Broadway hit, Newsies the Musical, has taken the world by storm. The play is based on of the 1992 Disney movie, Newsies, which was in turn based on the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City. The show has been running on Broadway since 2012.

Original Screenplay

The original screenplay for Newsies was sold to Disney by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White. The two met as actors, and ended up writing several screenplays together. Some of the other productions that they wrote include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, and 102 Dalmatians. The couple have written screenplays for all the major production studios. Both writers have said that the Broadway introduction of the show is amazing, and that they are delighted it could become a Broadway production. Originally the writers tried to retain stage rights, but instead, they share underlying rights with Disney.

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Book

Harvey Fierstein wrote the book for Newsies the Musical. Harvey has won four Tony awards and several other awards for the plays and shows he has written. In addition to writing, Harvey has acted in several movies, television shows, and done voiceovers for video games. Some of his other writing credits include the Torch Song Trilogy, A Catered Affair, and Kinky Boots. He also wrote Tidy Endings and The Sissy Duckling for HBO, as well as On Common Ground for Showtime. Harvey was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2012.

Lyrics

The Tony Award winning lyricist, Jack Feldman, wrote the songs for Newsies. In fact, he wrote the songs for both the Disney movie and the Disney musical. On top of this, Jack has written songs for Oliver and Company and The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. In 2012, Jack Feldman won the Tony for Newsies the Musical, for Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre. Jack has many song credits outside of Broadway and Disney cartoons, including the Grammy Award winning song “Copacabana” and “I Made it Through the Rain.”

Director

Jeff Calhoun was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical in 2012. When nominated, he said that it was an amazing feeling, and that he felt like he would never be nominated. Jeff has directed a number of Broadway, regional, and touring shows. Some of his credits include Bonnie & Clyde, Bells are Ringing, and Disney’s High School Musical: On Tour!

When looking for an actor, Jeff has said that casting is similar to casting someone for a date. He looks for someone he would be interested in spending time with, because it is likely the audience would want to spend time with that person, as well.

Putting on a successful Broadway musical takes a lot of talent. From the original writers to the current director, everyone involved needs to be talented and well-versed. With a production such as Newsies the Musical, it’s great to see such a well-seasoned creative team helping ensure the success of the show. Newsies the Musical has been on stage since March 2012.

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