Newsies Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 By: Lori Speiser Source: The Theatre Guide

You have heard the phrase, “Not worth the paper it’s printed on,” well that’s not the case here! Westchester Broadway Theatre’s 110th production of Disney’s Newsies is well worth the stage it is performed upon and well worth the audience’s time!

This entertaining and spirited musical boasts music from Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Based on the actual events of the Newsboys Strike of 1899, this wonderful show will capture your imagination and tug at your heartstrings with its brilliant score. Directed here by Mark Martino, Newsies is must see fun for the whole family.

As the lights rise, we start out on a faraway morning on a rooftop in New York City.  Poor, young, orphaned and homeless are the boys sleeping near the skyline.  With each other for family, they eke out their meager existence selling newspapers to any and all who will buy, earning them their name: the Newsies. The leader of this rag-tag pack is the clever, caring and persuasive Jack Kelly (Daniel Scott Walton). When the newspapers of New York, led by Joseph Pulitzer (Stuart Marland) raise their wholesale prices on the Newsies the struggling boys have had enough.  Jack, together with newcomer Davey (Alec Cohen) inspire the Newsies to form a union, go on strike and fight for the rights of the children workers of New York City.

Daniel Scott Walton was a marvelous Jack Kelly.  His multifaceted interpretation gave insight to the self-doubt Jack faced while trying to care for his friends, who are his family, and also protect them when trouble comes.  He has a strong, fine voice which was impressively filled with emotion during the reprise of “Santa Fe”.

Crutchie was portrayed by Patrick Tombs with a combination of spunk, pathos, and humor which is immediately endearing.  Davey, performed convincingly by Alec Cohen, depicts the struggle of balancing the responsibility of providing for a family and doing what is right. His young brother, Les, (Benjamin Wohl) was adorable, energetic and spunky.  

Mary Beth Donahoe, who portrays Katherine, has a lovely speaking voice and a beautiful infectious smile.  You are sure to enjoy her tap dancing in “King of New York”. Stuart Marland was terrific as Joseph Pulitzer; his rendition of “The Bottom Line” was great!  Galyana Castillo’s performance of “That’s Rich” with her robust voice was a highpoint.

From the start, the multilevel set by Steve Loftus was impressive with moving parts that moved smoothly and quietly to change locations. The great historical costumes by Keith Nielsen were highlighted by the handsome suit worn by Pulitzer, signifying his wealth.

The choreography by Shea Sullivan was impressive.  The large cast leaping and high kicking all over the stage was fun and infectious.  How they managed to keep singing so well is a mystery.

Full of energy, intrigue, and romance there is something in this “edition” for everyone.  Get your “press pass” (ticket) and go and enjoy!