It’s rare that a movie sequel is as good as the original, let alone better. And the same is equally true for Broadway musicals based on films.
For every spectacular interpretation like The Lion King, there’s a less-than-supernatural Carrie: The Musical.
Don’t even get us started on Ghost: The Musical.
But when lightning strikes twice, break out the marshmallows and enjoy the warm, magical glow.
Even though it wasn’t wildly popular in theatres, NEWSIES is a great movie that’s enjoyed an under-the-radar cult following since. But when the turn-of-the-century story of newsboy Jack Kelly hit the stage, it turned into a veritable phenomenon. Fans went crazy and what was intended to be a limited 101-performance engagement eventually wowed audiences and critics with 1005 performances, more than one million ticket sales and grosses of over $100 million.
Yet it wasn’t a hit. It was a mega hit.
And it’s finally coming to Dallas for two weeks of high-energy song and dance with the type of glorious spectacle only Disney can produce.
In a modern world where newspapers have far less power and reach than ever before, NEWSIES offers a nostalgic look at the high-stakes game of headline-driven sales in the era of publishing titans William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer.
It’s a history lesson.
With jazz hands.
April 29 – May 10, 2015