In 1992, I was one of not many who viewed Disney’s Newsies in theaters, at just 9 years old. I’ve always been a lover of music and theater so when Disney put out a musical film, I just had to see it! Newsies didn’t do so well in theaters the first time around, so it didn’t last long. Strangely enough, Newsies later developed a cult following, which led to it’s increasing popularity. In 2012, Newsies was brought back to life and this time on Broadway. I had the privilege of interviewing the VP of Creative Development for the Broadway Musical, and later got to see the live show for myself.
I’ve loved Newsies since the first time I laid eyes on the show. I loved the movie, with all of it’s character, heart and excellent music and dancing, and I totally loved the Broadway musical as well. I’m so excited to announce that today marks the release of Disney’s NEWSIES on Broadway on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere.
If you’re one of those people who still doesn’t know what Newsies is all about, then let me be the one to fill you in.
A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses, they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business. Leader of the change is orphaned Jack Kelly, who only wants a better life than that on the streets. Together, the Newsies can make change happen!
These boys don’t put up with anything from anyone, and they form a unique bond between one another. The dance moves are killer and the music is phenomenal. You just might find yourself singing “Seize the Day” or “Santa Fe” in the shower.
To promote the digital download and Disney Movies Anywhere, I was sent a Newsies Family Night Pack. I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am to introduce my family to one of my beloved Disney shows, and I get to do it with style. We were sent 4 Newsies caps to wear during the movie (and after), which my boys and hubby are pretty excited about! Plus, we received a newspaper carrying bag and sketchbooks and drawing pencils so the kids can feel like they are one of the Newsies!
For our movie viewing, we got a Chromecast to help us get our digital movie on the big screen TV! My dad got me one of these for my birthday and I use it ALL THE TIME, but we’ve been needing one for our downstairs TV too. This is perfect so we don’t have to carry ours back and forth anymore.
Some last little goodies sent our way were a Santa Fe post card (watch the movie and you’ll know why – there’s even a song all about it!), CD with songs by the Tony award winning Alan Menken, refrigerator magnets, and a newspaper poster. When I saw the original movie in theaters, as a promotion, every guest was given a specially themed newspaper all about the movie, and it even included some of the dance moves from the film. I loved taking it home and practicing the moves. My only regret is that I didn’t keep this fun memento.
I hope you’ll introduce your family to Newsies this week, if you haven’t already! It’s a great time for everyone (even has a little romance), but also educational on what life was like in New York City, back in 1899. The digital download also comes with some fun bonus features, so be sure to check them out.