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Disney's 'Newsies,' Tony Award-Winning Musical, Hits Manila

Disney’s NEWSIES: The Broadway Musical runs every weekend of July.
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Fast on the heels of last year’s successful collaborations, American Idiot and A Christmas Carol, 9Works Theatrical and Globe Live team up once again with Disney’s NEWSIES the Broadway Musical.

Inspired by the events of the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899, Disney’s NEWSIES tackles age-old themes such as child labor, corruption, and social injustice. Watch these underdogs dance and sing their way into your hearts as they take on big corporate giants and show us that anybody can be King of New York.

Racetrack Higgins sings, “In 1899, the streets of New York City echoed with the voices of newsies… Poor orphans and runaways, the newsies were a ragged army without a leader, until one day all that changed…”

Enter the charismatic Jack Kelly who inspires his band of newspaper boys to fight the good fight and take on publishing giants Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World and William Randolph Hearst of the New York Journal when they decide to raise their prices.

Disney’s NEWSIES made its Broadway debut in 2012 with music by Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. The show went on to win awards for choreography and score at the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Gian Magdangal leads the Manila cast that also includes Danielle Chopin, Luis Marcelo, Daniel Drilon, Tory Cortez, Pinky Marquez, Greg Dulcie, Alex Diaz, and Jef Flores. Robbie Guevara, assisted by Franz Imperial, directs, with PJ Rebullida as choreographer and Daniel Bartolome as musical director. Heading the production team are executive producers Santi Santamaria of 9Works Theatrical and Joe Caliro of Globe Live. Runs every weekend of July (7-9,14-16, 21-23, and 28-30) at the Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets available through go.globe.com.ph/newsies and Ticketworld, 891.9999, Ticketworld.com.ph.

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This story was originally published in the July 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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