Broadway Across America Presents Newsies

Broadway Balances America Series

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Disney’s smash hit musical 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. Newsies is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboys went on a two-week-long action against the titans of newspaper publishing.  Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release, Newsies has grown into a cult phenomenon. The Balancing Act’s Amber Milt goes behind the scenes with the choreographer and cast members of Disney’s Newsies to learn what it takes to be a newsie for the stage.  Also, learn how the cast is encouraging young folks to “Get Up and Go” … all part of their campaign to promote fun ways for kids to lead healthier lifestyles through dance, inspired by the show’s Tony Award®-winning choreography and music.


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‘Get Up and Go’ with NEWSIES

“Get Up and Go” behind the scenes of the new national touring production of Disney's NEWSIES

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Disney’s Newsies, the smash-hit, family-friendly new musical carries a powerful message, as a group of newsboys challenge the system, fighting for what’s right while staying true to themselves.

Newsies tells the true and captivating story of the ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899” which began when newspaper publishers raised the price for newsies, charging a dime more per hundred papers. A band of underdogs, led by a charismatic young newsboy Jack Kelly, went on strike for two weeks against the powerful publishers — with dramatic results!

And thanks to Broadway Across America, Disney’s hit musical Newsies is getting ready to carry the banner across the country in a new national tour and showcase its Tony® Award-winning choreography and score.

Broadway Across America is the foremost presenter of first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. The Balancing Act and BAA teamed up for a special six-part series, “Broadway Balances America,” that takes you behind-the-scenes of some of the most beloved Broadway musicals as they travel across the country – from Boston to Costa Mesa, from Houston to Minneapolis, and everywhere in between.

The Newsies segment will spread the word about Disney’s new “Get Up and Go!” initiative, which promotes fun ways for kids to lead active, healthy lifestyles through dance, inspired by Newsies’ Tony Award® winning choreography from the show-stopping production number “Seize the Day”.

Cast members and the show’s choreographer teach correspondent Amber Milt the “paper dance” from the show. An interview with Liana Hunt who plays “Katherine” on Broadway focuses on balancing your personal life, nutrition and health with a busy performance schedule on Broadway and on the road; everyone sings “King of New York” around the piano with the show’s assistant conductor.

Now that you’ve read all about it, you won’t want to miss the behind-the-scenes action and interviews with the cast and crew on The Balancing Act airing on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 am (ET/PT) and re-airing on November 13th at 7:00 a.m. on Lifetime TV.

The Newsies North American tour launches in October 2014 and will play 25 cities over 43 weeks during the 2014-15 season. See the below schedule and go to http://www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com to get your tickets!

Louisville
November 18 – 23, 2014
The Kentucky Center

Pittsburgh
November 25 – 30, 2014
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

Baltimore
December 2 – 7, 2014
The Hippodrome Theatre

Columbus
January 13 – 18, 2015
Ohio Theatre

Atlanta
January 20 – 25, 2015
Fox Theatre

Orlando
January 27 – February 1, 2015
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Miami
February 3 – 8, 2015
The Adrienne Arsht Center

San Antonio
May 12 – 17, 2015
The Majestic Theatre

Houston
May 19 – 24, 2015
Sarofim Hall – The Hobby Center

Boston
June 23 – July 5, 2015
Boston Opera House

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“Get Up and Go” Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Newsies on The Balancing Act on November 6 at 7:00 AM (ET/PT)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OCTOBER 29, 2014

“Get Up and Go” Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Newsies on The Balancing Act on November 6 at 7:00 AM (ET/PT)

(POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – PR LOG/PR.COM – October 29, 2014) – Broadway Across America’s collaboration with the award-winning morning show “The Balancing Act®,” on the Lifetime® Channel continues with the fourth episode of the six part series “Broadway Balances America” featuring Disney’s NEWSIES. This new episode will premiere on Thursday, November 6th at 7:00AM (ET/PT) and will re-air on Thursday, November 13th at 7:00AM (ET/PT).

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is inspired by the real life newsboy strike of 1899 and 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.

“Balancing Act®” correspondent Amber Milt travels to New York and takes viewers behind-the-scenes of NEWSIES with the show’s Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli and some of the cast members from the smash hit Broadway musical to find out what it takes to be a “newsie” on stage. She’ll also learn the show’s iconic “newspaper dance” from the thrilling Act I closer “Seize the Day.”

Amber also casts a spotlight on “Get Up and Go,” the new Disney wellness and fitness national initiative, which promotes fun ways for kids to lead healthier lifestyles inspired through the show’s Tony Award®-winning choreography and music. The “Get Up and Go” program is brought to schools across the country to show students how they can be physically active through dance. Featuring a special welcome message from First Lady Michelle Obama, a special online video has been created for schools, teachers and students to use as a tool to learn the “newspaper dance.”

In addition to interviews with choreographer Christopher Gattelli and some of the show’s “newsies,” we’ll hear from Liana Hunt, the actress who played “Katherine” in the Broadway production, regarding the importance of balancing personal life, nutrition and health with a busy performance schedule on Broadway and on the road.
NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony Award®-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein, is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun. The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

When it opened on March 29, 2012 NEWSIES was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances. The show’s fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however; they propelled the show to a run of 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M. While on Broadway, NEWSIES set and broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show from the 2011-12 Broadway season. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage. (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).

“Broadway Balances America” highlights the shows featured on Broadway Across America’s 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide – from Boston to Costa Mesa, from Houston to Minneapolis, and everywhere in between. For more information about the upcoming National Tour of Disney’s NEWSIES and the “Broadway Balances America” series, please visit http://www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com.

About The Balancing Act® on Lifetime® Television:
Now in its 7th year, The Balancing Act® continues to empower women in all aspects of their lives. The mission at The Balancing Act® is simple – the show strives to help today’s modern woman balance it all by bringing them positive solutions to enrich and empower them. Entertaining, educational and trusted by women, viewers can tune in to America’s premier morning show The Balancing Act® on weekday mornings Mon.-Wed. at 7:30 am (ET/PT) and Thursday and Friday at 7:00 am (ET/PT) airing on Lifetime® television. For additional information or to view a segment visit: http://www.thebalancingact.com.

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BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises and The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

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