We Were Completely Entertained From Start to Finish
You’ll have to excuse me because I haven’t stopped palpitating yet.
I just saw the much-anticipated Grand Rapids Civic production of Disney’s Newsies and LOVED IT.
A musical based on the newsboys strike of 1899, this is the tale of how a group of boys overcame the oppressive, unfair conditions they suffered until they formed a union (and apparently sang and danced a lot).
After you see this, you’ll want to go out and join a union, or fight a social injustice, or do a hand-spring.
You Will be Wowed by Their High Energy Choreography
My husband, boys, and I went into this show being huge fans of the Broadway version as seen in the 1992 Disney movie.
The Civic production is a smaller scale version, but with the same high energy, complicated choreography, and character chemistry.
It definitely held my boys’ attention, and they literally sat on the edge of their seats through the performance.
Newsies is appropriate for children ages five and up. While younger children may not understand the details on what exactly a “strike” is or why cops show up to break up the Newsie rally, but they will dig the action and energy of these characters as they sing and flip across the stage.
There is a well-choreographed fight scene, but it isn’t one that will frighten children.
Some of the Area’s Finest Musical Talent Hits the Stage
This cast can sing. I mean, really sing. Powerful vocals from the main characters are brilliant, but it is the ensemble that carries the show and provides rousing melodies that will challenge you to sit still in your seat.
Civic’s choreographer created dance numbers that you can’t stop watching because you don’t want to miss a second of it.
Another super fun part of the production is that the sets are so creatively done. Scene changes are done before your eyes, but in a way that they change before you realize what is happening. It is like the changes are a part of the show itself.
Civic also creatively uses screens as part of their set to show scenery that will wow you and your kids.
If you love musical theater with fun, energetic choreography, you don’t want to miss this. Your family will love it.
How To Get Your Tickets to See Disney’s Newsies
Disney’s Newsies runs through June 23. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.
- Wednesday – Saturday | 7:30 pm
- Sunday matinees | 2:00 pm
Runtime is about two hours. You can purchase tickets here or from their box office at 616-222-6650. Tickets range from $22 – $39 for adults and $20 for children.