When I was growing up I lived and breathed Newsies so much so that my parents once hid our VHS copy of it so that I couldn’t watch it. Jokes on them because I found it a year later when we moved and I made sure to make up for lost time. Needless to say the fact that Newsies is currently at Portland’s Keller Auditorium makes me giddy.
For those of you who aren’t a Newsies fanatic like myself and might be wondering what in the world I’m talking about here is a little bit about the show:
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
I was lucky enough to have a little bit of ladies night out with a friend to see Newsies on opening night. The cast was so talented and the set was amazing. I have to say I am a bit of purist when it comes to musicals so I wasn’t a huge fan of the major changes to the story (Jack falls for a different leading lady and Bryan Denton’s roll was replaced) and I also didn’t love the new songs. That all being said would I go see it again? YES! I can look past those things because the performance was wonderful, fun, engaging and I mean it’s Newsies what’s not to love! I’ve listed the performance dates for the remainder of the week- get your tickets now!
TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
NEWSIES will be at Portland’s Keller Auditorium for eight performances. The schedule for the Portland engagement is:
Tuesday, April 19 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 20 7:30pm
Thursday, April 21 7:30pm
Friday, April 22 7:30pm
Saturday, April 23 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, April 24 1:00pm and 6:30pm
For information on ADA seating, please call the Portland Opera Box Office at 503-241-1802 or email email@example.comTickets can be purchased:
Disclaimer: Broadway In Portland was kind enough to provide me with two tickets to attend the show. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.