The widely anticipated original Broadway cast recording for Disney’s ‘Newsies’ will be released digitally via iTunes on April 10 (now available for pre-order) and pre-orders shipping on CD beginning April 30, 2012. The CD will become available in stores at mass retail on May 15, 2012.
The iTunes digital edition includes 18 tracks plus a digital booklet for $10.99 while the $20 CD edition available for pre-order here includes bonus tracks featuring an acoustic version of ‘Santa Fe,’ and extended versions of ‘King of New York’ and ‘Seize the Day.’
The Broadway production, which has recently extended its performances through August 19, is also offering ‘Carrying the Banner’ and ‘Seize the Day’ streamed in their entirety on its Facebook page.
Available for pre-order (items won’t ship until March 15) are an adult tee, an adult raglan ‘Seize the Day’ tee, a girls’ tee (pictured here), a ‘Newsie’ cap, photo frame, mug, travel mug, tote bag and magnet.
Making the merchandise available at show launch — let alone weeks prior to the debut — will be a first for Disney Theatrical as traditionally, the availability of Broadway merchandise had been limited in its availability. Aside from the theatre itself, merchandise had not really been available outside except in limited quantities at few outlets, such as the World of Disney Store in New York (now closed, but merchandise now sold at Disney Store Times Square). Now merchandise for ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ has made its way online at DisneyStore.com and, more recently, Disney Theatrical has opened a stand at FAO Schwarz in New York.
Additional merchandise should be available at the show, including the traditional program guide and an original cast recording of the show, which will feature three brand-new songs added since its off-Broadway introduction at Paper Mill Playhouse.
Disney Theatrical has announced the full cast list for its upcoming Broadway theatrical debut of ‘Newsies,’ based on the cult-classic of the same title. As previously announced, Jeremy Jordan will return to reprise the role he originated, Jack Kelly. Also returning from the Paper Mill Playhouse production are John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Aaron J. Albano as ensemble, Mark Aldrich as Seitz/ensemble and Tommy Bracco as Spot Conlon. The full cast list can be found on the ‘Newsies’ official website.
‘Newsies’ will play at the Nederlander Theater from March 15 through June 10. Tickets will go on sale on January 30 at 10 am through the ‘Newsies’ box office and Ticket Master.
We first talked about it way back in March of 2010, but today we have confirmation that Disney’s ‘Newsies’ from Disney Theatrical is in fact heading to Broadway in 2012 for a limited run. According to the official website, NEWSIESTHEMUSICAL.COM, the show will be playing at the Nederlander Theatre from March 15, 2012 through June 10, 2012. Tickets for the show will go on sale January 30, 2012 at 10 am.
Earlier this year, the show had a limited run at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Fans of Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Lion King’ musical have a new destination to pick up some of its merchandise as Disney Theatrical has brought a taste of Broadway to Fifth Avenue. Just a couple of days ago, the group set up a kiosk pushing much of the merchandise one would typically only find when attending the shows (although Disney Store Times Square does sell some Disney Theatrical merchandise, the kiosk at FAO appears to have several items Disney Store does not).
The kiosk, which is staffed by Disney cast members, is intended to be a special holiday shopping experience for the toy store, known for extravagant experiences, but we were told Disney is hoping to make it a permanent experience at FAO if the holiday season proves its potential.
As a bonus, because the kiosk is run by Disney, they honor all cast member and annual passholder discounts.
FAO Schwarz is also home to the original (and currently only) Muppet Whatnot Workshop where guests can design and receive their very own Muppet-like creation.
Variety recently confirmed a speculative report by Stitch Kingdom made in May of 2010 that Disney Theatrical was working on a staged version of the Miramax film Shakespeare in Love, perhaps even a musical version of it.
The film was one of several titles explored by Stitch Kingdom as potential projects for Disney Theatrical based on domain name registrations made which included several other film-to-stage projects, some already in development. Domains for the ‘Shakespeare in Love’ project included ShakespeareInLoveBroadway.com, ShakespeareInLoveOnBroadway.com, ShakespeareOnTour.com, and ShakespeareTheMusical.com.
According to the reports, the production will premiere in London as a join production between Disney Theatrical and Sonia Friedman Productions. It will be adapted by the stage by noted playwright Tom Stoppard who also co-wrote the script for the film itself.
No word yet on whether it will indeed be a musical or has its eyes on Broadway as of yet.
On a related note, Stitch Kingdom’s speculation that ‘Peter and the Starcatchers,’ the play based on the Peter Pan prequel set of books by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, would be making its way to Broadway made back in April of 2010, was also recently validated, with an anticipated opening date of spring 2012.
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It’s been well over a year since we first mentioned that a staged adaptation of the Walt Disney Studios cult classic Newsies was on its way, but last week saw the first performance of the newly adapted musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Featuring a new book by Harvey Fierstein and new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, the show has been delighting audiences to rave reviews and has an official opening date of September 25, 2011.
Yesterday, Jeremy Jordan (Jack Kelly) and the rest of the cast made an appearance on ABC’s ‘The View’ in which they performed ‘Sante Fe’ and ‘Seize the Day’ from the show. ABC has provided us with photos from the appearance, which we provide here, along with a recording of the show’s performance, courtesy of Disney Theatrical.
In addition to the photos from the televised performance, I have included a few photos of my own from when I attended a performance this past weekend, in which I had the pleasure of encountering Disney Theatrical President Thomas Schumacher, Director Jeff Calhoun and Composer Alan Menken.
Below are photos of merchandise created specifically for the new show. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version as well as a description and price. Those unable to attend the show in person but wish to purchase the merchandise can do so by contacting Ty via email at [email protected].
‘Newsies’ is currently running at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey through October 16, 2011 with an official opening scheduled for September 25. The theatre is conveniently located within walking distance to the Millburn train station on the NJ Transit line which connects to New York Penn Station. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Paper Mill Playhouse official site.
On October 2, Paper Mill Playhouse will offer its ‘Newsies’ Fan Day promotion for the 7 pm performance which begins at 4 pm with Radio Disney, followed by a special reception ($25) which includes a pre-show cast talk-back and a special gift. For more information on the special event, click here.
The hosts of “The View” will introduce the world television premiere performance of the brand new Disney stage musical, “NEWSIES,” adapted from the popular Disney film starring Christian Bale, live, Monday, September 19 at 11 am ET on ABC. Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, who wrote music for the 1992 motion picture Newsies and has won eight Oscars for such memorable scores as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Pocahontas, is a featured guest and will help introduce the cast performance medley of both “Santa Fe” and “Seize The Day.” “NEWSIES” is presented by Paper Mill Playhouse.
The musical is based on the 1899 true story of a courageous group of scrappy newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they rally forces to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon.
“NEWSIES” features a book by Harvey Firestein, lyrics by Jack Feldman and music by Alan Menken. Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White. It is directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
“NEWSIES” will premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ, 07041. For tickets and information, please go to www.papermill.org. Performances begin Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. and run through October 16.
From now through June 12, Disney fans are invited to order tickets to the new musical making its theatrical debut at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on September 15. Those taking advantage of the pre-sale can also save an additional 10% by using code FBDISNEY either online or by calling 973-376-4343.
Directed by Jeff Calhoun and with a book written by Harvey Fierstein, the musical also features songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman who collaborated for the stage adaptation.
New York City area visitors/residents are advised that the theater is easily accessible via NJ Transit from Penn Station which runs to the Millburn station, less than half a mile away from the theatre.
The show is scheduled to run for just one month at the Paper Mill Playhouse, through October 16, 2011.
Plans to bring the show to Broadway are anticipated but have not yet been announced. The film is also expected to have some connection with Disney California Adventure as part of its makeover, but nothing confirmed there yeteither.
Sometimes we manage to weave a tale so peculiar and convoluted that we can barely believe it ourselves. This is one of them.
Enter the 1992 cult-classic Disney musical, Newsies. Back in March of 2010, we first reported about Disney Theatrical working on a staged adaptation of the film, purportedly destined for Broadway. This was later confirmed to be true and announced earlier this year that the musical would premiere this fall at the Paper Mill Playhouse (September 15 – October 16, to be exact).
Which then begs the question, what of the show come mid-October? If you’re still with us, great, because all of this is standard, known stuff.
Now here’s where it begins to get weird. The Walt Disney Company recently filed for a trademark on Newsies for the purposes of ‘entertainment in the nature of theater productions’ (view it here). The kicker is that the individual named as the correspondent, Barbara Quinn, is responsible for all of the trademarks for Disney Parks and Resorts. This is something we simply know from following all of the trademark registrations for the company. Quinn is responsible for the Parks while other individuals are responsible for their own respective business units. To our knowledge, this has never waivered. Therefore, Newsies must be gearing up for a presence in the parks.
Whereto then? Although one could accept this to mean anywhere in the domestic parks including the Disney Cruise Line, timing is somewhat convenient for the Hyperion Theatre at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland previously announced through the official Disney Parks Blog that Aladdin would be closing (last year) to make way for Toy Story, a musical adaptation initially created for the Disney Wonder. That item was soon retracted and it was announced that Aladdin would stay indefinitely.
We do know, however, from casting notices issued by the parks, that current cast members of Aladdin are contracted through early November, leaving big question marks as to what will become of the show after that. The face that Newsies ends its run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Mid-October seems to be a more-than-convenient coincidence.
Could Newsies be moving in to the Hyperion Theatre later this year? It’s possible, but still a stretch. Firstly, Disney Theatrical, who is producing the adaptation, does not create shows for the parks. That task is traditionally performed by a department known as Disney Creative Entertainment (DCE) (in fact, from an organizational perspective, Disney Theatrical answers to Walt Disney Studios). Secondly, the length of a traditional staged show generally runs quite a bit longer than that of one in the park — even Aladdin was quite a time bandit at a length of ~50 minutes.
Still, another possibility is that a theater could be created in the Downtown Disney District of either Disneyland or Walt Disney World and the show can be staged at full length with its own separate admission, a la Cirque du Soleil (thanks to @terryweaver).