Newsies celebrating 2nd anniversary

In this theater image released by Disney Theatricals, the cast of The Paper Mill Playhouse Production of "Newsies," starring Jeremy Jordan, center, is shown in New York. (AP Photo/Disney Theatricals, T. Charles Erickson)

April 7, 2014 9:21:34 AM PDT
It has been called irresistible and a high energy winner. This is fan week at Newsies, a time to celebrate all those who have made the show a hit.

The show is about a real life incident that happened in New York City more than a hundred years ago.

The stage show based on an old musical movie debuted at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey two years ago. Newsies, about a strike by boys who sold newspapers, flopped when it was released in 1992, so few expected Newsies would be the toast of Broadway a quarter of a century later.

Never has the slogan "back by popular demand" seemed more fitting. Although back from the dead might be even more appropriate.

"The show started as an underdog story in real life," actor Corey Cott said.

The show, which is now such a big hit for Disney on-stage, began life as a flop film that cost the company a fortune back in 1992.

Even the presence of a young Christian Bale couldn't save the movie, but it developed a cult following - and the songs stood the test of time.

"The fans are the reason that we are a Broadway show right now. And, we call them Fansies. Newsies - Fansies. Get it?" actress Kara Lindsay said.

Drop by the theater after Newsies and you'll see exactly what Lindsay, Cott and Jess Le Protto are talking about.

"Some of them can't even reach the barrier and they're trying to give you their Playbill, and then you can see some of them who grew-up with the movie," Jess Leprotto said.

The story is ripped from the headlines in our city as it was more than a hundred years ago when newsies, the boys who hawked papers on the streets, went on strike.

"It was a story about kids. A story where the kids took the action," writer Harvey Fierstein said.

So it's entirely appropriate the kids of today are the ones keeping this show alive.

"Because primarily of social media, these people who were just passionate about the show, we got extended, we won tony awards, and now we're running for a year and a half,"

The Newsies have been running and dancing so hard for so long they wore out the stage at the Nederlander Theater and so the show had to close down for a few days last week so a whole new floor could be installed.

Newsies is from Disney Theatrical, owned by the same parent company as ABC 7.