Newsies: The musical (review)


Newsies: The musical

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Music: Alan MENKEN

Lyrics: Jack FELDMAN

Book: Harvey FIERSTEIN

Director and Choreographer: Matt COLE

Musical supervisor, dance arrangements and musical director: Nigel LILLEY

Set designer: Morgan LARGE

Costumes designer: Natalie PRYCE

Lightning designer: Mark HENDERSON

Sound Designer: Tony GAYLE

Orchestrators: Simon HALE

Fight director: Rachel BOWN-WILLIAMS and Ruth COOPER-BROWN

Associate director: Rachel NANYONJO

Associate Choreographer: Jane MCMURTRIE

Associate musical director: Chris MA

 

Starring

 

Michael AHOMKA-LINDSAY, Moya ANGELA, Lindsay ATHERTON, Samuel BAILEY, Imogen BAILEY, Bronté BARBE, Josh BARNETT, Cameron BLAKELY, Jack BROMAGE, Bobbie CHAMBERS, Alex CHRISTIAN, Arcangelo CIULLA, George CRAWFORD, Ross DAWES, Joshua DENYER, Ross DORRINGTON, Matthew DUCKETT, Kamilla FERNANDES, Jacob FISHER, Jamie GOLDING, Damon GOULD, Zack GUEST, Jordan ISAAC, Alex JAMES-HATTON, Clarice JULIANDA, Barry KEENAN, Ryan KOPEL, Siôn LLOYD, George MICHAELIDES, Mukeni NEL, Joshua NKEMDILIM, Mark SAMARAS, Bradley TREVETHAN, Matt TREVORROW, Lillie-Pearl WILDMAN

and

Nesim ADNAN or Haydn COURT or Oliver GORDON or Ethan SOKONTWE

 

 

at Troubadour Webley Park Theatre until 16 april 2023

 

Ask for the newspaper. This morning’s front page headline « Newsies set the stage alight ».

It was with some impatience that we awaited the arrival of Newsies The Musical in London. And finally, the newsies are taking to the streets of the British capital, with some extensions already official…

The first thing we can say is that the wait has paid off. What a breathtaking and unusual show!

As soon as the first track Santa Fe is played, we are under the spell. We will be even more so at the end of the first act in a cover of the same song to give us chills. Seize the date knocked us out with their incredible performance. A performance that lives up to the reputation of the iconic song. Seize the date goes to a crescendo both vocally and physically. It’s amazingly precise. Like the rest of the show. Twice, the audience will give a deserved standing ovation DURING the show. Never before seen! Kings of New York is another of the many great moments of this show.

We have a Jack who has a magnificent presence, an endearing Crutchie and a Les who leaves us speechless. How is it possible to have such enormous talent at this age?

In Newsies, the melodies are sometimes wonderfully heartbreaking, sometimes uplifting. The transitions between scenes are incredible.

The setting of a New York that we’ll call « Old Town » is indescribable. It works so well that we are totally immersed in a New York of another century thanks to a grandiose and unprecedented staging where the space is occupied to an unimaginable extent. The stage is underlined by a diffuse light, often sepia, which gives an appearance of old newsprint. At other times, it frames the performers like a photo insert…

The pace of the show is divinely infernal and noticeable! The cast pushes us around with their unparalleled talent. During the tap dance performances, you could see guys who have stars under their feet. They bring the house down and outdo everything.

More than you can handle emotionally.

Newsies is certainly the event of the London season. You’re bound to get hooked on this epic, mind-blowing show.

 


Synospis

Produced by Runaway Entertainment, and based on a true story, Disney’s NEWSIES is set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. It’s the rousing tale of a ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers, who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. After newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers charged to the newsies, Jack Kelly rallies his fellow newsboys in an attempt to protest the change, falling in love with young reporter Katherine along the way. These young newsies from across the city come together and rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons and fight for justice using the only power they have – solidarity.

 

 

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