EXTRA! EXTRA! SPECTACULAR BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTER DISNEY NEWSIES THE MUSICAL BURSTS ONTO THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE STAGE
Hot off the press, South Florida regional premiere of the Tony Award®-winning smash hit is perfect for the entire family this holiday season
What happens when the youth who sell newspapers at the turn of the century decide to strike?
Find out at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre November 28 through December 17 as the South Florida regional premiere of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation Disney Newsies The Musical hits the stage.
Based on the real-life 1899 newsboys’ strike, Disney’s Newsies tells the story of the young people who struggle to sell newspapers to earn a living. As paper prices rise, they band together to take on the biggest names in New York media. This epic story comes to life in a high-energy explosion of dance – perfect for the entire family this holiday season!
“We are incredibly proud to offer South Florida families the inspiring and high-energy charm that is Disney Newsies The Musical,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “This musical is thrilling, uplifting and impossible not to love. The dancing is breathtaking and the music unforgettable. I’d like to encourage everyone to ‘seize the day’ and buy tickets before this one sells out!”
With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Disney Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 musical film Newsies. The show made its Broadway debut in 2012 and was an instant hit, winning two Tony Awards®, recouping its initial investment of $5 million in seven months and becoming the fastest of any Disney musical on Broadway to turn a profit. In February and August 2017, a popular filmed stage version of the Broadway musical was also released in movie theatres nationwide.
“Mr. Feldman’s lyrics are spot-on, while the melody reminds us just how charming a composer Mr. Menken (who did “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” for Disney) can be,” raved The New York Times. New York magazine proclaimed the show to be Disney’s “finest fairy tale in over a decade,” while the New York Daily News dubbed the show an “exhilarating jolt of youthful energy!”
Disney Newsies The Musical will mark the return of director Marcos Santana to the Theatre, who choreographed the Theatre’s hit production of Kiss Me, Kate in 2016. With Broadway credits that include the Tony Award-nominated On Your Feet!, Rocky and Guys and Dolls, Santana’s multi-faceted career as a director, choreographer and performer has spanned decades, both regionally and in New York.
“I could not be more honored to return to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre to direct Disney Newsies The Musical,” Santana said. “This musical is a heartfelt, high octane journey illuminating the extraordinary power of unity. It transports audiences back to one of the most crucial eras of journalism in New York City, reminding us of the importance of fighting for what is right.”
Featuring a cast of 26, the show’s vibrant creative team also includes choreographer Al Blackstone, a New York City-based director, choreographer and educator whose work includes Freddie Falls in Love at the Signature Theatre, Happy We’ll Be at Roseland Ballroom, the recent off-Broadway musical The View Upstairs and the television show So You Think You Can Dance. The musical will also feature the talents of several local young performers cast through the Theatre’s high-profile First Step to Stardom auditions.
The musical’s hero Jack Kelly will be portrayed by John Arthur Greene, currently appearing as Theo in School of Rock on Broadway. An accomplished musician and performer, Greene has also appeared in Broadway’s West Side Story and Matilda, as well as Peter Pan Live on NBC and American Idol. The musical’s heroine and Jack’s love interest Katherine Plumber will be portrayed by Clara Cox, known for her starring role as Peggy Sawyer in the national tour of 42nd Street, as well as regional credits that include Man of La Mancha and The Addams Family.
Can’t get enough of cabaret music, especially when performed by your favorite show’s stars? Then treat yourself to an exclusive up-close-and-personal experience at Company Cabaret in the Club Level, taking place after the show on Thursday, December 14. Here’s your chance to rub elbows with the cast and crew as they sing some of their favorite tunes. This one-of-a-kind performance begins immediately after the show in the upstairs Green Room Club Level Lounge. All tickets to the Cabaret event (not including the 7:30 performance) are $10.
Looking to celebrate the holidays at the show with the young ones? Look no further than the Theatre’s Cookies with Santa event, taking place in the Theatre’s lobby at 6 p.m. prior to the performance on Friday, December 15. Featuring an extra-special holiday reception with Santa Claus and mezzanine tickets for only $35, this is sure to be an evening to remember!
Student rush tickets are also available for young audience members. For each season show on the night of the performance (evenings only), all students 18 and under may buy a mezzanine ticket for only $25; subject to availability.
Bring your group to the show for the holidays and celebrate! Discounted group rates are available, and The Green Room Club Level Lounge is available for private events and functions.
Disney Newsies The Musical is sponsored by the Admirals Cove Foundation, John McDonald Company and The Palm Beach Post. Single tickets start at $58. For tickets and showtimes, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For tickets to the Cookies with Santa event (mention the code COOKIES) or for more information about bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117 or email@example.com.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,000 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.