The summer before my senior year of High School, I was in a Disney-themed show. The show included songs from Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Snow White, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast…mostly Disney princess movies, but a few others. One of the segments, which I had the fortune of being in, was Newsie themed. At first, I was not happy. Many Disney films were skipped over for this short kids show. But somehow Newsies, a show I’d never seen (and I pride myself as a Disney obsessive), had made the cut? And, of all the segments to be a part of, I had to be stuck in the Newsies one?
By the week of the show, the Newsies segment was my favorite part of the entire performance. I loved getting to act like a tough New Yorker who owned the stage. It was a real confidence booster and the songs were a lot of fun. It was honestly one of my favorite segments of any show I’ve ever been in. I also got to watch the film as a part of my “rehearsing” and it wasn’t so bad. A little slow and dull, but definitely worth a watch. When the musical came out a few years later, I listened to the soundtrack. Some of the songs I listened to on repeat for weeks, but many I forgot after listening to them.
Fast-forward to today. Newsies is on Netflix. All of a sudden, the memories came flooding in. The Newsies segment four summers ago. Watching the film for the first time. Listening to the soundtrack obsessively. Obsessing over Jeremy Jordan. One of my best friends being utterly obsessed with the show. All the memories were returning. I dragged my dad with me to the basement to watch the film on the bigger screen. It was well worth the wait.
I don’t really know what to say about this show. I love a good underdog story. I love an entertaining history lesson. The characters are all great and I especially love the changes they made to the main girl. Katherine is a major improvement to Sarah. I love watching these plucky kids stick it to the man. The singing is great. The dancing is incredible. I’ll probably go back to forgetting this show exists in about a week, but for now it’s unbelievable. It’s honestly an amazing show and I’m glad I watched the film and now the musical. Also “Seize the Day” is, and will always be, one of my all-time favorite songs.