Your favorite singing newspaper boys are in town

Your favorite singing newspaper boys are in town

Fansie hearts, be still — 9 Works Theatrical and Globe LIVE are back with Broadway sensation Newsies.

Extra, extra! Read all about it! Tony Award-winning and all around crowd favorite Newsies is hitting the Philippine stage for the first time this July. Now I know what you’re thinking. Of course we need another Jack Kelly to add to the sacred lineage of Jack Kelly’s (including Christian Bale, Jeremy Jordan, and Corey Cott). And former Captain Shang Gian Magdangal isn’t about to let us down with his stellar vocals and roguish charm.

Joining him are both familiar and fresh faces: Jef Flores, Daniel Drilon, Tory Cortez, Luis Marcelo, Alex Diaz, Danielle Chopin, Greg Dulcie, Pinky Marquez, Raymund Concepcion, and the absolutely electric ragtag team of newsies. The cast had undergone six weeks of Training Ground prior to rehearsals: intensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, gymnastics, singing, acting, scene work — six hours a day, five times a week. Needless to say, the team behind Newsies promises us no less than the ultimate triple threat experience.

Director Robbie Guevarra says, “I have a keyword for every show, and for Newsies it’s dance.” Choreographer PJ Rebullida added that they’ve chosen to market Newsies as a “dance-sical” to spice things up a bit on the Philippine theater landscape. With a musical theater industry that’s mostly focused on vocal prowess, Newsies wants to show us that dance is also a very valid way of storytelling.

Newsies is the real-life story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike that took place in New York City. When New York World publisher Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices in order to beat out his competition, it’s the newspaper delivery boys — or newsies — who take the hit. It is then that a young boy named Jack Kelly rallies his fellow newsies, mostly orphaned and homeless, to make a stand against Pulitzer.

This iteration of Newsies promises a fresh, Filipino take. “It’s a going to be different — but in a very, very good way,” Robbie Guevarra says. In a country built on the backs of small guys like the newsies, Newsies holds real potential to say what needs to be said. We’re excited, 9 Works, and we’ll be waiting!

 

Newsies opens this July at the Globe Iconic Store, with shows on July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30 at 8 PM. For tickets, visit go.globe.com.ph/newsies or contact Ticketworld at 891-9999. Tell ‘em how excited you are on social media with official hashtags #GlobeLive9WTNewsies and #CreateHeadlines!

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