Kelsey and Andy on Broadway: Newsies preview



Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 1:51 PM

NEW YORK (WHAS11) -- Disney's “Newsies” is playing on Broadway right now, but not for long.  After close to three years and more than 1,000 performances, the Tony-Award winner will close the curtain for the last time on Broadway august 24th.  But lucky for you, the show is hitting the road and coming to Louisville this fall.

Its known for its explosive dancing, powerful singing and non-stop energy.  Its director says it keeps him young.

“The key to the show is the youthful energy,” says director Jeff Calhoun, the mastermind behind Broadway hits like “Grease” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”  It’s just infectious because it is a show about young people taking responsibility and making the world a better place because of it.  I think that's a great and empowering message.  I think that’s the secret of why young people like the show so much."

And it is no secret a young Christian Bale might have something to do with it too.  The Disney movie of the same name came out with little fanfare in 1992.  The movie’s cult following – called “fansies” – were initially underestimated by the Broadway community, including director Jeff Calhoun, who admits he still hasn’t seen the movie.

The story is the same: young ‘Davids’ taking on the ‘Goliaths’ of the newspaper industry in the late 19th century to form the first newspaper boy union.

It’s about sticking it to the man... with a little song and dance. It’s something Calhoun says he wishes he saw more of growing up.

“I played football, basketball…I wasn't very good at hockey.  And I danced,” Calhoun remembers.  “There was a time I thought I either wanted to be Terry Bradshaw... or Gene Kelly."

A sports-lover at heart, he says believe it or not, a performance on stage isn't that different from one on the field.  Only in one, you know how it ends.

It is the powerful performing and the empowering message that brings “Newsies” home, no matter what age you are.

“What I love about this show is that sometimes I stand in the back of the Nederlander Theatre and I see three generations coming in -- the parents, the grandparents and the kids,” says Calhoun.  “The fact that they are equally charged when they leave the theater makes me feel really good."

The stage show of “Newsies” was really just Disney's way of getting a script to schools so the company could get the rights when it is performed; they never even meant to make it to Broadway.

Now three years later, it is leaving as one of Disney’s best success stories.

“Newsies” comes to Louisville November 18th to the 23rd.

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