Those dance dynamo paperboys of Newsies occupied the Academy of Music in Philly for the kick-off of their boffo 1st National Tour of the 2012 multi-Tony Award winning musical. Who says they don't write musicals like this anymore? Harvey Fierstein (book), Alan Menken (music) and Jack Feldman (lyrics) and the creative team behind Newsies do. Is the appeal a combination of the '90s movie it was based on? Or that already legendary squad of dancing-singing Newsies. The show's 'fansies' swarmed the Academy stage door after the show for autographs, from the leads and the chorus.
In fact, this show has a populist theme and we need stories about quiet heroes in a cynical time.