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[30 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]
‘Newsies’ Celebrates One Year on Broadway

This week brought another big milestone for Disney on Broadway and its hit show Newsies, which celebrated its one year anniversary yesterday, March 29.
Newsies, which features music by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, a book by Harvey Fierstein, and direction by Jeff Calhoun, officially opened on Broadway March 29, 2012. The show’s Broadway transfer, following a successful run at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, was initially intended to be a strictly limited engagement, with the show originally set to close on June 10. However, the show proved to be incredibly …

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[22 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘Newsies’ on Broadway Recoups Initial Investment

Since it opened on Broadway this past spring, Newsies has proved to be one of Broadway’s most popular shows. The musical’s popularity paid off this week, when it was announced that the show has completely recouped its investment.
Newsies opened this past March on Broadway, following a prior run at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. This means that the show was able to recoup its entire $5 million investment in just nine months, marking the fastest a Disney production has ever been able to turn a profit.
The show’s ability to recoup …

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[15 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Video: ‘Newsies’ Cast Gets Ready for 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

We’re just a few weeks away from the annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which airs each year on Christmas morning. This year, among the parade’s performances will be the cast of Newsies on Broadway, who will take to Main Street U.S.A. in Walt Disney World to perform the show’s opening number, “Carrying the Banner.”
To give a taste of what to expect from the performance on Christmas morning, Disney released a new video that goes behind-the-scenes of the Newsies performance taping and the cast’s time in Walt Disney World. The video …

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[8 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘Muppets,’ ‘Brave,’ and ‘Newsies’ Nominated for Grammy Awards

This week brought the announcement of the nominees for this year’s Grammy Awards. Among the nominees were several Disney songs and albums, featuring music from Newsies, The Muppets, and more.
The Broadway cast recording of Newsies earned a nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. The hit Broadway show features music by Jack Feldman and Alan Menken, who has previously won five Grammy Awards for his work on such Disney films as Tangled, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast.
After earning the Oscar earlier this year for Best Song, the song “Man or Muppet” from …

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[22 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney and USO Provide Entertainment for Sandy Relief Workers

In a partnership with the USO, Disney Theatrical Group recently arranged for a little entertainment for service workers in New York City to aide with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The move is part of Disney’s continued efforts to support victims of the storm, which swept through the northeast United States in late October, bringing widespread devastation.
More than 500 service men and women who were temporarily relocated to two armories in New York City received tickets to one of three Disney Broadway productions. Relief workers enjoyed a night of entertainment at …

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[28 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Theatricals Cancels Broadway Performances Due to Hurricane Sandy

Those of us on the East Coast are gearing up for Hurricane Sandy and its effects over the next few days, and in preparation for the storm, Disney Theatrical Productions has canceled several performances of its Broadway productions.
The October 28-29 performances of Newsies, Mary Poppins, and The Lion King will be officially canceled, Disney Theatricals announced this afternoon. The dates/times of the canceled performances are as follows:
Mary Poppins: October 28th at 6:30 PM (New Amsterdam Theater)
The Lion King: October 28th at 6:30 PM (Minskoff Theater)
Newsies: October 29th at 7:30 PM …

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[17 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘Newsies’ Star Jeremy Jordan Lands Role in NBC’s ‘Smash’

With two starring roles on Broadway in this past year alone, young actor Jeremy Jordan is making quite a name for himself on the Great White Way. However, it was recently announced that this Tony nominated star of Newsies will soon be making his mark on television as well.
This week, NBC announced that Jordan will be joining the cast of the hit TV show Smash, an hour-long program about the creation of a new Broadway show. Playing the role of a singer from Brooklyn with a “self-destructive streak,” Jordan will …

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[11 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘Newsies’ and ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Earn Seven Tony Awards

Last night, the Broadway community came together to honor some of this season’s greatest Broadway shows, performers, and creators at the 2012 Tony Awards. And while Clybourne Park and Once may have taken home the top honors of Best Play and Best Musical, respectively, the Disney shows Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher did not come home empty-handed. The two shows earned a combined total of seven awards, including Best Score and Best Featured Actor in a Play.
Newsies, the soaring and energetic musical based on the 1992 film of the …

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[28 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
‘Newsies’ Broadway Run is Now Open-Ended

Ever since Newsies made its debut on Broadway in March, the show has become a complete success, earning eight Tony nominations and becoming a box office smash. While the musical’s run was initially expected to end on August 19, the success of Newsies has prompted Disney Theatrical Productions to give the show an open ended run, with no closing date in sight.
“Ever since the Paper Mill Playhouse run ended six months ago, the audience has re-written the playbook for Newsies,” said Thomas Schumacher, Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “We continue to …

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[6 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Disney Earns 17 Tony Award Nominations for ‘Newsies’ and ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Each year, the Tony Awards celebrate Broadway and the theatre, honoring the season’s top shows, creative teams, and performers in a nationally broadcast awards ceremony. This week, the nominees for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced, and this year’s Disney-produced shows were not forgotten. Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher earned a combined total of 17 nominations, including nominations in the top honors of Best Play and Best Musical.
Peter and the Starcatcher, the enchanting new play that tells the story of Peter Pan before he became the legendary Lost Boy …