Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Newsies Will Launch North American Tour in October 2014 With Official Opening in Philadelphia!

NOVEMBER 13, 2013

The Tony Award®-Winning “Critics’ Pick” Musical Smash

to Play Exclusive One -Week Engagement at the Academy of Music

During the 2014-15 Season


Newsies, the Tony Award-winning “critics’ pick” Broadway musical smash, will play an exclusive one-week premiere engagement at the Academy of Music during the 2014-15 season. The North American Tour of Newsies will officially open in Philadelphia. The engagement will be part of BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA, presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization.    


Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time. 


For information or to register for advance ticket access notifications, visit, and 


About Newsies

Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Newsies is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work.


Newsies has consistently exceeded expectations since premiering on Broadway at The Nederlander Theatre in March 2012.  Originally transferred to Broadway as a limited engagement of a few dozen performances, the breakout hit is now approaching its 700th performance. 


In a remarkable demonstration of the breadth of the title’s appeal, ticket orders had arrived from all 50 states within weeks of its first Broadway performance in 2012.  Since then, Newsies has set and broken seven Nederlander Theatre house records and become the biggest hit of the 2011-12 season.


The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography.  One of Broadway’s highest profile hits, it has been featured nationally on “Dancing with the Stars,” “The View,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” and “The CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade.”


Included in the best-of year lists for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and The Daily News, Newsies can be counted one of the most critically-praised shows of recent seasons. Entertainment Weekly raves, “stop the presses! Newsies is an irresistible, high energy winner… a surprise sensation!” Time Out New York calls Newsies, “an invigorating extravaganza! A barnstorming, four-alarm delight,” and The New York Times hails it, “a musical worth singing about,” praising the “terrific songs – buoyant melodies by Alan Menken and rousing lyrics by Jack Feldman – and a sweet, funny, emotionally satisfying book by Harvey Fierstein.”


Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. 


Newsies is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. 


The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner’, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’ 


Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, Newsies has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage.  (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).




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BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA is presented collaboratively by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts  and The Shubert Organization with productions at the Academy of Music, Forrest Theatre and Merriam Theater. 


KIMMEL CENTER, INC., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Our mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming. The 2013/2014 season is sponsored by TD Bank. Broadway Philadelphia 2013/14 season is sponsored by American Airlines. For additional information, visit


THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION was founded in 1900 by three brothers from Syracuse, and the company has been in the forefront of the American theatre ever since. Currently, the Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres, as well as the Shubert in Boston, the Forrest in Philadelphia and Off-Broadway's 499-seat Little Shubert.  The organization is proud of its ongoing refurbishment program for these theatres, as it seeks to preserve their historic character while modernizing them to accommodate the needs of today's audiences.  Over the years the Shubert Organization has produced/co-produced hundreds of Broadway shows including Cats, Dreamgirls, Jerome Robbins� Broadway, Ain't Misbehavin', Bob Fossei's Dancin', City of Angels, Chess, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George, The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, The Gin Game, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Amadeus, Lettice & Lovage, The Real Thing, Children of a Lesser God, Master Harold's and the Boys, Skylight, Amy's View, Indiscretions, The Heidi Chronicles, A Few Good Men, Dirty Blonde, The Blue Room, Closer, The Judas Kiss and The Grapes of Wrath. In the last ten years the Organization's productions have included A Behanding in Spokane, Three Days of Rain, A Steady Rain, God of Carnage, That Championship Season, Equus, Exit the King, Spamalot, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once and Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.

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