Jack Kelly is coming to Broadway.
A musical based on the 1992 Disney cult film "Newsies" is making its way to Broadway, it was announced on Tuesday, November 15. The show will open at the Nederlander Theatre in previews on March 15, 2012, with a final performance scheduled for June 10.
The new musical, which follows the plot of the film, is based on the 1899 true story of child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York who go on strike. The 1992 film starred a young Christian Bale as the protagonist, Jack Kelly, Bill Pullman, as reporter Bryan Denton, and Robert Duvall as Joseph Pulitzer. The film did poorly when it opened in theaters, only earning about $2.8 million, according to Boxofficemojo.com, a site that tracks box office reports. It went on to become a cult classic.
However, Christian Bale has tried to distance himself from the movie. "At 17, you want to be taken seriously -- you don't want to be doing a musical," he told Entertainment Weekly about the movie in a 2007 interview. "Time heals those wounds. But it took a while."
Alan Menken, the musical composer behind Disney musical films like "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast," teamed up with lyricist Jack Feldman, who wrote the film score, for the stage show. The two reworked the songs from the film and collaborated with the new story writer, Harvey Fierstein.
The musical began a month-long run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey beginning on September 25. Check out a performance from the musical cast on "The View" below as well as a clip from the 1992 film.
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