Monday, February 20, 2017

Movie Review: "Newsies: The Broadway Musical"

Fathom Events and Disney brings "Newsies: The Broadway Musical" to movie theaters for three special engagements. Having seen the play both in person and on the big-screen, I will say that "Newsies: The Broadway Musical" definitely enhances the viewer's experience. It can only be described as unforgettably magical. Some of the attendees even dressed up for the screening.

Children dressed up to see "Newsies: The Broadway Musical."
"Newsies: The Broadway Musical" is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly (Jeremy Jordan), a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer (Steve Blanchard) and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

You're able to get up close and see little details you can't from arena seats or even the front row when watching "Newsies: The Broadway Musical." Sometimes the cameras would get a little too up close and cut out dance steps and jumps, which was disappointing. Overall, the cinematography did a great job capturing all the action on stage.

It was exciting to follow along with the musical numbers as they unfolded in "Newsies: The Broadway Musical." The dancing was astonishing as they leapt through the air. They even used a few classic moves from the original movie.

All the actors have fantastic voices, but there were a few standouts. Of course, lead actor Jeremy Jordan shines in the role of Jack Kelly with a great accent and vocal range. Aisha de Haas's performance as Medda Larkin was great. Kara Lindsay's musical number as Katherine was remarkable and gave me goosebumps. Young Ethan Steiner as Jack's brother, Les, was very expressive and charismatic.

Although "Newsies: The Broadway Musical" doesn't hold an official rating by the MPAA, I would consider it to be PG. It contains mild profanity and mild adult themes, such as kissing and women dressed as burlesque dancers. I felt fine about taking my ten-year-old to see it.

"Newsies: The Broadway Musical" was released in 2017. It was directed by Brett Sullivan ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Love Never Dies"). The cast includes Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Steve Blanchard, and Aisha de Haas. The running time is 205 minutes.

Audiences have one last chance to see "Newsies: The Broadway Musical" in theaters on Wednesday, February 22nd. You can get information and tickets for the screening right here.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

(Review co-written by Lizz Shirey)

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