Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Disney’s Newsies, a movie -turned-broadway play about struggling New Yorkers in 1899. It is loosely based off of the Newsboys Strike of 1899, where newsboys protested that they were being treated improperly by their company and not getting enough pay.
I went with my mom, my grandma, and three of my aunts, who are all madly in love with the movie Newsies. I, however, have never seen the movie, and they were practically jumping up and down for me. The anticipation was high, and the excitement was definitely in the air.
It was playing at the Cincinnati Aronoff Center, and it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon; the perfect setting for such a perfect show.
The opening scene was an outburst of musical talent, and I was shocked by how well they were performing. It was one of the most energetic and passionate numbers I have ever seen, and that’s saying something for a person who is a secret musical junkie. And what impressed me even more was that it was just the first number.
Throughout the play, there was never a dull moment. The performances held my attention for the entire time, and with a plot that was so interesting, with just the right amount of romance, it was perfect.
Although the singing was by far extraordinary, the part I was most amazed by was the dancing. Being a ballet dancer myself, I know how complex and difficult certain choreography can be. Almost impossible, actually. And when I saw how well the choreography was performed, it made me appreciate the richness of the play even more. Hands down the best dancing I have seen in my life.
Overall, Newsies was far from a disappointment. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had during a broadway play, and one of the most impressive, most passionate shows I have ever seen. However, since it is no longer playing at the Aronoff Center, it is very much worth the while to check out other theatres. If you haven’t seen Newsies yet, I would buy a ticket right away. It is very much worth it.