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Newsies Is Being Adapted For The Stage!

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Well THIS is something to certainly get excited about!

In fact, we're shocked nobody had thought of this earlier!

Academy Awarding winning composer Alan Menken is reportedly collaborating with Harvey Fierstein on a stage adaptation of the musical Newsies!

In case you are not awesome and are unfamiliar with the flick, it's from 1992 and stars Christian Bale as a singing, dancing, and ass-kicking New York City paper boy in 1899!

Menken reveals:

"Yeah, it is in development. What it's going to be is — honestly, right now — undetermined. I think Disney is still trying to decide whether it's a first-class production or whether it's stock and amateur. But there will be available a stage musical of Newsies. That's all I can say. I've been writing it with Harvey Fierstein and Jack Feldman. [How it emerges is] just gonna be [a] business decision of how Disney wants to proceed with it. But yes, we are developing it. We're having a very successful collaboration. We're all having a great time. We already had a 29-hour reading…in May. I don't think Disney knows yet what it's going to be."

He goes on to reveal that they've expanded from the original music, and the stage version will feature "a lot of new songs."


We're totally psyched about this one - but we can't help but wonder how Christian Bale feels about it!

They should write him a walk-on role! We just hope he's not "done professionally" with his musical days!


What do U think?? Are U excited for more Newsies??

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10 comments to “Newsies Is Being Adapted For The Stage!”

  1. 1

    I've said they needed to do that for YEARS!!!!!

  2. 2

    oh. my. god. Love Newsies! I watched that movie like a million times when I was a kid. Like half the class was from this show Roundhouse that used to be on SNICK. Can't wait!

  3. 3

    YESSSSSSSS… hope they keep all the original songs though and just ADD to them…

  4. 4

    Newsies was universally panned by the critics and was a major bomb.

  5. 5

    I really don't think CB will have anything to do with it. He was stuck because the production started out as a straight drama and then was developed into a musical. He was not happy about singing then, probably wouldn't do it now.

  6. 6

    YES YES YES!!!!! looooooveeee newsies!!!!

  7. 7

    Um, I was in Newsies as a stage play back at theater camp years ago…. I'm sure my camp wasn't the first to perform it as a play.

  8. 8

    YAY! one of my favourite films EVER!

  9. 9

    Shut the front door. I used to watch that movie like a mother back in the day. Was like the 10 year old version of porn.

  10. 10

    Woot! I LOVE Newsies! It's my favourite musical of all time :)
    Racetrack and Spot will own a piece of my heart forever. Lol.