“Newsies” will celebrate it’s one-year anniversary on Broadway on March 29, and fans will benefit as producers will introduce a lottery offering free tickets for eight performances leading up to the anniversary.
The lottery will be held before each show from March 23-March 29. Patrons can enter the lottery beginning two-and-a-half hours before every show during that period, and winners will receive two free tickets, which will be drawn two hours before showtime.
The Tony Award-winning musical is based on the 1992 Disney movie of the same name, which is itself based on the real story of the Newsboys Strike of 1899. The musical had a pre Broadway run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in lat 2011 before opening at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway.
The musical features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Menken and Feldman won a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Jeff Calhoun directs the production, which is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Christopher Gattelli choreographs, and won a 2012 Tony Award for his work on the show.
Here’s how producers describe the show:
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.
To further celebrate the anniversary, on April 1, “Good Morning America” will welcome the cast of the show to take over the show’s Times Square Studios to perform “Carrying the Banner.”