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Friday, April 21, 2023

Newsies "Memorable dancing, forgettable show" @troubtheatres @troubadourwpark @newsies_uk

Yesterday afternoon I went to see Disney's Newsies, a lacklustre musical at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in London's glitzy HA9.
It's soon to close, having not really made much of an impact in the past six months. And I can see why; memorable dancing, forgettable show.
It's a new immersive in the round production directed and choreographed by the fantastic Matt Cole - for which he recently won a Best Theatre Choreographer award. And I can see why. The dancing is jaw-dropping. It's just you come out humming the programme.
The film back in 1992 starring a teenage Christian Bale was a flop too.
The plot, such that it is, is about newspaper boys (and they were usually boys) going on strike in 1899 New York when evil publisher Joseph Pulitzer implements a plan to increase profits by raising the price newsies pay for the papers they sell.
The boys unionise, go on strike, win, and all live happily ever after. There. You don't need to bother going to see it now.
Harvey Fierstein wrote the book, Alan Menken the score, and Jack Feldman the lyrics. They have all done better. Way better.
Avoid and save yourself the yawns.

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