March 29, 2012 – Newsies: The Musical Officially Opens on Broadway
“Here the material – suggested by Manhattan’s Newsboy Strike of 1899 – proves more suited to the stage than to the screen.”
On March 29, 2012, the Broadway musical Newsies officially opened after a week of previews that began on March 15 at the Nederlander Theater. The musical was based on the 1992 cult Disney film, it was adapted for the stage by Harvey Fierstein, Alan Menken, and Jack Feldman, and directed by Jeff Calhoun. The opening night was a star-studded spectacle, with greeters dressed as Newsies and handing out souvenir newspapers. Special guests included actors from the original film, (Max Casella), Broadway stars (Orfeh, Melissa van der Schyff), and other well-known actors and entertainers (Marilu Henner, Tommy Tune). The cast was also on hand to celebrate the opening night, as were the team of Fierstein, Menken, and Feldman. Critics were mostly positive in their reviews of the show.