Hit Broadway musical Newsies is set to arrive in London in 2022.
Adapted from the 1992 live-action Disney musical of the same name, Newsies tells the story of the New York City Newsboys’ Strike of 1899.
Described as a “brand new immersive production in the round”, Newsies will run at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre for a strictly limited season from 28 November 2022.
The production will be directed and choreographed by Olivier nominee Matt Cole, with set design by Morgan Large, musical supervision, dance arrangements & musical direction by Nigel Lilley, costumes by Natalie Pryce, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Tony Gayle, performer flying by John Maddox for Suspended Illusions Ltd, casting by Lucy Casson, children’s casting by Jo Hawes, fight directors Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown for RC Annie, associate choreographer Jane McMurtrie, associate musical director Chris Ma and production management by Lee Batty and Andy Fox for Setting Line.
The show has a book by Harvey Fierstein with music by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, who penned songs for the original film.
Alan Menken said: “I am OVER THE MOON about Newsies opening in London!! I’ve been wishing and waiting for this for soooo long. I truly cannot wait!”
Matt Cole, Director & Choreographer, added: “As a huge fan of the original Disney film and the Broadway production, I am extremely honoured and thrilled to be reimagining this brand new version for London and the UK.
“With an incredible score by the legendary Alan Menken and book by Harvey Fierstein we will bring this all-singing, all-dancing show to Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. This site-specific version of the show provides an exciting opportunity to present the piece in a non-traditional format.
“Set in the round, the audience will be thrust into turn-of-the-century New York, where the action and choreography will weave its way in and out of the audience. I cannot wait to work with this talented creative team on delivering this wonderful and exciting show to the UK.”
Tickets go on sale in May 2022. You can sign up for updates via the new newsiesthemusical.co.uk website here.
The musical opened on Broadway in 2012 where it picked up two Tony Awards and a further six nominations. A filmed version of the stage show was released in 2017, currently available to stream on Disney+.
Set in New York City at the turn of the last century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, leader of a ragged band of teenage “newsies” who dream only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when two publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for.
The original Broadway cast featured Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Steve Blanchard and Aisha de Haas.