Disney’s musical, Newsies, was written by Harvey Ferstein, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman.
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy and his ragtag team of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. But when the prices of “papes” are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but “open the gates and seize the day!” Led by charismatic Jack and independent, young newspaper reporter Katherine Plummer, the Newsies form a union and organize a strike against the greedy publisher of the New York World. Can a group of idealistic newsboys win against a foe as powerful as acclaimed publisher Joseph Pulitzer? Inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, Newsies is an ebullient, joyful, and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice. With a funny, poignant book by Harvey Feirstein and stunning music by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman — including the show-stopping Seize the Day, power ballad “Santa Fe” and lovely new songs like Katherine’s “Watch What Happens — Newsies is a classic with the power to inspire.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $12.00 for students.
Additionally, since it’s opening night, the McKeesport Little Theater and the Altrusa Club of McKeesport invite you to a ”Newsies” Opening Night Reception on Friday, September 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Before the curtain call, guests are invited upstairs for a scrumptious spread of wine, cheese, and fresh fruit. Tickets for the reception and the show are $25.00.