I’m still glowing from the experience. ❤
A friend from church was recently in a student production of ‘Newsies’ and she invited my family and me to come watch. We went on a Thursday evening and I enjoyed it so much that I went by myself on Friday (the last performance). The whole thing made me want to give a Katherine Plumber-esque squeal. I mean, it was student production quality, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good!
Actually, it was all kinda magical.
Ninety-eight percent of the newsies were played by girls (that included my friend from church) and it weirded me out for ten minutes and then I got used to it. (Well, Jack took a little more getting used to but I was firmly behind her performance by the second evening.) There was a bit of off-key singing, awkward scene transitions, and bad acting but overall it was AWESOME. Completely revitalized my love for Newsies. I’ve been a fan of the show/movie for five years, you guys (pretty much exactly five years, come to think of it) and getting to see it live was literally a dream come true. (I don’t care that it was ‘only’ a high school production.)
Random cool stuff about this particular production
-I actually knew someone in the cast! My friend played Seitz and Mush and, yeah, seeing her performing on stage was awesomeness.
-I, um, preferred this Crutchie to Andrew Keenan-Bolger. *ducks flying tomatoes* I know it’s hard to believe, and it’s only a tiny preference, but she was so, so sweet and absolutely killed ‘Letter to the Refuge’ (in a good way). Just…SO good.
-Davey was also awesome! Davey is my favorite character in the original movie/pro shot/this production and the girl who played him (weird to say, but okay) was a Pro™. And she hugged me after the production which was really nice of her.
-The cast did a super cool thing during ‘Once and for All’. You know when the beat kind of drops near the end? Well, they all came out into the aisles and sang directly at the audience, waving The Newsies Banner in our faces. It was Uncomfortable (slightly) but also sooooo neat.
-I didn’t have courage to do this the first night (#introvert), but my mom and Katie talked me into asking for autographs after the performance on Friday and I’m so glad I did. I got autographs from my church friend, her friend, Crutchie, Davey, and Pulitzer. I couldn’t stop grinning afterwards.
-Friday night was dinner theatre and the meal/desserts they served were what the newsies, Katherine, Pulitzer, etc. could have eaten back in the day. Which was awesome.
If you haven’t figured it out by now…this was one of the highlights of my life. (No exaggeration here!) And definitely the highlight of 2019. I’ve only seen a few live performances of plays and musicals, but ‘Newsies’ is my favorite so far. *continues to fangirl for the rest of my life*
Have you seen any Broadway productions live? (Whether on Broadway, on tour, or at a school.) I’d love to hear about your experiences!