The hit 1992 Disney musical film, Newsies, has inspired a stage adaptation. It is playing to full houses on Broadway at the moment. It is rumoured that the musical is looking for a West End venue – a London Newsies Musical might be on the cards!
A True Setting
The story tracks the Newsboys Strike in 1989 New York, where thousands of young newspaper sellers went on strike. The young lead, Jack, is played in the original Disney film by Christian Bale, who is best known today as Batman. On Broadway, Jack is played by Jeremy Jordan.
Anything like Annie?
The film was a failure at the box office in 1992, but it has since generated a cult following – enough to transfer to a profit at the Broadway box office. Following this success, could there be a Newsies London in the pipeline? It sounds like a 1980s Annie, the famous Broadway musical set in Hoover-era NYC, and Britain is a big fan of Annie.
Not the First Disney Show…
If a London Newsies musical does make it, it won’t be the first time a Disney film successfully makes it to the West End stage. The most famous of the Disney films to become a stage show is, of course, The Lion King. The Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins are also Disney classics that have made successful musicals in the West End.
Christian Bale’s days as a 17 year old Newsie Jack are sadly behind him – but who would you like to see as the young lead?