If you can’t wait to see Supergirl’s Jeremy Jordan sing this spring in the musical crossover episode, you should head to theaters as Fathom Events presents Newsies. Jordan appeared as the lead, Jack Kelly, on the Broadway stage and returns for the three-night event. I was fortunate enough to see it this past Thursday and wish I could go again.
Newsies is based on the Newsboy Strike of 1899, where the newsies of New York held a 2-week strike against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publications for the right to be looked at as fair employees rather than their pawns. Disney produced a film in 1992 starring Christian Bale as Jack Kelly leading the newsies strike, but the film ultimately tanked. However, it created die-hard fans, who campaigned for the film to be given another chance. They got that chance when the musical began its run on Broadway in March of 2012, where it spent 2 ½ years at the Nederland Theater. Then it went into a North American tour hitting major cities across the country. Last September, members of the original cast (Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Andrew Kennan-Bolger and Ben Fankhauser) joined members of the tour to film the show in front of a live audience and that is what we are seeing now.
This is probably one of the cheapest Broadway shows you’ll ever see and it is so worth it, plus you don’t have to worry about how to get home from the city because you’re in the comfort of your local movie theater. The songs will be stuck in your head for the rest of the night and you’ll wish they will release the film onto DVD, so you can rewatch it again and again. Jeremy Jordan fully encompasses the leader of the Newsies Union, Jack Kelly, making you forget that he plays the tech savvy, Winn on Supergirl. You witness all of his emotions through his song, dance and way he delivers his dialogue. The great part of this musical beginning filmed, is the fact that you get to see all the actors faces. When you’re in the theater and can only get Upper Mezzanine tickets, it’s often difficult seeing the actors faces or you imagine them one way until you see their headshot in the Playbill and you’re like that’s them? Here you can see the sweat dripping off their faces to the spit coming out of their mouths as they belt out a heart wrenching number, like the reprise of “Santé Fe.” It will also make you even more impressed of the performers as they go from one dance number to the next seamlessly and never looking the least out of breath.
The only complaint I have is the camera angles during some of the more action packed scenes, such as when they are fighting in “Seize the Day.” At times, it was hard to follow because the camera was too close to mimicking the actor’s actions. It made me feel a little sick. I was happy this didn’t happen too frequently and that you could still see all of the impressive dance moves and appreciate how skilled and in sync all of these performers danced. My personal favorite was the tap dancing number during “King of New York.” Listening to it on the soundtrack doesn’t do it justice.
You still have one more chance to catch the show, as it began airing this past Thursday, February 16th, this Saturday, 18th, and Wednesday, 22nd. Check it out before it’s too late. You’ll never see another show like it! #newsiesforever