Look at them! They’re the kings of New York!
Disney’s latest Broadway musical Newsies, which was scheduled to close on August 19, has scored an open-ended run, the company announced today. The current cast is scheduled to stay with the production.
After a wildly successful three-week-only run at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in September 2011, Disney brought the stage adaptation of the flop 1992 movie of the same name – which tells the story of the newboys strike of 1899 when paperboys across New York City formed a union to demand fair compensation from publishers William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer – to Broadway earlier this year, and it opened on March 15 for a limited engagement.
Before the show premiered, Disney extended Newsies’ run from June to August based on the strength of ticket pre-sales, and now, after eight Tony nominations and sold-out audiences for almost every performance (the show has racked up $8 million in just nine weeks – about three times as much as the movie earned in theaters), Disney has decided not to put an end date on the show.
The announcement is a vindication for the cult classic film, which for 20 years was known as one of Disney’s biggest bombs (before John Carter, of course), and for Disney itself, who recently struggled with big-budget stage versions of The Little Mermaid (in 2008) and Tarzan (in 2006).
You know, Jack Kelly and his fellow papes always did say, “The world will know that we’ve been here!” Well, look around, boys. It appears that they officially do!
How does the announcement make you feel? Are you excited that Newsies is getting an open run? Will you make the trek up to New York City to see Crutchie and the rest of your favorite paperboys now that you know you've got more time to do so? Sound off in the comments below!
In the most recent issue of EW (which you can purchase HERE), you can read all about Newsies' journey from flop to phenomenon in a feature story called "The Cult of Newsies.” I also have a tendency to tweet quite a bit about Newsies, so follow me, fellow banner carriers!
More on EW.com:
Newsies on Broadway: EW Review
Now that Newsies is a Broadway hit, should they remake the movie? The directors weigh in!
‘Bring It On’ heads to Broadway: How do you feel about another movie turned musical?