From film to Broadway to film again, "Newsies" is back. And if you were already a fan, it's time to seize the day.
For three days only, a new film of the Broadway production will run in national cinemas via Fathom Events. And the film makes the already explosive choreography, by Christopher Gattelli, pop with even more vibrancy.
"We took every moment further," said Gattelli, whose work on this show won him the 2012 Tony Award for best choreography. "We added some more boys to the cast. So we were able to do even more."
The original film was a 1992 Disney movie-musical that was then sharpened and reworked for a Broadway. The new film, titled "Newsies: The Broadway Musical," was created by Disney Theatrical Productions, and it reunites some of the original Broadway cast, including leads Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay and Andrew Keenan-Bolger.
Backing them up is a contingent of powerful male dancers who jump and leap through so much choreography that dancer Thayne Jasperson, now in "Hamilton," said "Newsies" was the hardest show he's ever danced.
Gattelli's choreography captures the speed and urgency of youthful boys on a mission. The flexed feet, clenched fists and bent knees he created for the show's signature leap are key to emphasizing how dance can be used effectively to tell a story.
"They are flying through the street selling newspapers," said Gattelli. "We found so much of the show's vocabulary out of that one move. It represents the fun and youth of a kid."
At the show's premiere, several cast members talked about the demanding choreography. Check out their comments in our video and see scenes from the filming below.
A 'Newsies" cast member flips through the air during filming.
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