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Newsies Shakes Off The Bluesies


Newsies the Musical — coming to Broadway in a matter of moments — is the well-received show based on the so-so 1992 film about “urchin peddlers” striking (and being striking).

At a press event yesterday, we were told that book writer Harvey Fierstein was brought in to turn the movie into a stage show, complete with two acts, added characters, and a love story.

And then we met the cast — a chicken hawk’s delight — who were fun and upbeat and obedient enough to plug lots of other Disney projects as they discussed this one.

Star Jeremy Jordan said he grew up watching Newsies on a VHS tape, which wore out from so much viewing.

Another performer showed off his quadruple-jointedness by walking with his back bent and his head almost scraping the floor — just to entertain us!

And when a 10-year-old said he’d been in three shows before this, I tried to remember him as a baby chipmunk in The Lion King.

The only potentially dark moment came when one of the cast admitted he’d been in a previous, unlicensed production of Newsies before this legit one.

But the producer cut him some slack and cracked, “You won’t get fined … much.”