Newsies, the breakout new American musical, today received eight Tony® Award nominations including Best Musical. Additionally, Newsies was recognized with nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman), Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel), and Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob).
This season, Newsies has already been nominated for seven Outer Critics Circle Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and two Drama League Awards, including Best Musical nods from all three organizations.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording is now available digitallyon Ghostlight Records. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Soundtracks chart and #15 on the iTunes album chart. To purchase the album, visit ITunes. The recording is set for physical release on May 15th, 2012. The physical release will feature three special bonus tracks including an exclusive version of "Santa Fe" performed by lead Jeremy Jordan accompanied by Alan Menken on piano. For more information on the cast recording, visit: http://newsiesthemusical.com/music
The cast recording made its exclusive debut with a full stream on WNYC's Soundcheck featuring a conversation with the score's composer, Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act). Menken composed the score with lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy) and with orchestrations by Danny Troob. The cast recording was produced by Alan Menken, Michael Kosarin, Frank Filipetti and Chris Montan with Executive Producer Kurt Deutsch and Musical DirectorMark Hummel. The stage version of Newsies includes many of the beloved songs from the film, while introducing seven brand-new songs along with new arrangements and orchestrations. The iconic music is performed by the musical's original castand headed by Jeremy Jordan.
Entertainment Weekly raves about Newsies, "stop the presses! Newsies is an irresistible, high energy winner!" Time Out
New York calls Newsies, "an invigorating extravaganza! A barnstorming, four-alarm delight," and The New York Times hails it, "a musical worth singing about," praising the "terrific songs – buoyant melodies by Alan Menken and rousing lyrics by Jack Feldman – and a sweet, funny, emotionally satisfying book by Harvey Fierstein."
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. Newsies is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,' when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
Physical Release Bonus Tracks:
Santa Fe (Performed by Jeremy Jordan accompanied by Alan Menken)