Extra! Extra! Read All About It! This is a famous catch phrase used mainly from the 1890s through the 1940s by paperboys when something big had made the news. This phrase could be heard on many street corners in the nation’s larger cities, but today, it applies to the paperboys themselves, for they are the entertainment in the hit Disney Broadway Musical, “Newsies,” arriving on stage at the Memphis Orpheum Theatre in December 2015.
For complete details, including ticket information, read the announcement below, which was released by the Memphis Orpheum Theatre.
“Memphis, TN – Disney Theatrical Productions and The Orpheum Theatre announced today that tickets for the highly anticipated Memphis engagement of Disney’s NEWSIES will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 11 at 10:00 AM. The Tony® Award-winning production will begin performances at the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, December 8 for a limited engagement of eight performances through Sunday, December 13.
NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.
When it opened on March 29, 2012 NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances. The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M.
While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dream only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer 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.
NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour called ‘Letter from the Refuge,’ while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’
Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage. (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).”
In Memphis, NEWSIES will play Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.. Beginning Friday, September 11 at 10:00 AM, tickets will be available at the official Orpheum Theatre website, The Orpheum Box Office (901)525-3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and all Ticketmaster centers (901)743-ARTS). Orders for groups of twenty (20) or more may be placed by calling (901)529-4226.
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