Stop the Presses! Newsies is closing Sunday. I’ve blogged about this show before. It’s one of my favorites. I will miss it on Broadway. While Fansies won’t be Carrying The Banner in New York City much longer ... you can definitely see the cast is Seizing each Day.
I came to today’s matinee to pay tribute to the show. It was my 11th and final time seeing Newsies. It’s always a little sad to see a show close on Broadway. You could tell the audience knew there was something different about this Wednesday matinee. That it was the last Wednesday. They were definitely Watching what was Happening on stage a bit more intently. The looks the cast shared ... the tears during parts of the show that weren’t there in the past ... the appreciation oozing from the seats around them. The applause was longer than usual after each number ... and you could see it. You could see it in each cast members eyes. They were soaking it in.
While these talented Newsies will relinquish their King of New York titles ... The Bottom Line is that this part of their lives will end in a few days. The show will close. The tour will begin (No. It’s not stopping in Santa Fe). The World Will Know. The torch will be passed. The roar from audiences across the country will rise. The world will feel the fire and finally know what Fansies know .... that this show ... It’s Rich. It’s rich in dance. It’s rich in talent. It’s rich in life lessons. It’s rich in love.
So Newsies ...thank you for giving us Something To Believe in ... for even a day.