Disney’s Broadway musical “Newsies” was scheduled to close August 19, but announced on May 16 that their run will now be open-ended giving first-time showgoers more time to purchase tickets and diehard fans more opportunities to catch the show again.
Originally a 1992 film by Disney of the same name, the show tells the story of newsboys in New York City who formed a union to demand fair compensation from publishers following the paperboy strike of 1899. “Newsies” made its Broadway debut March 15 for a limited engagement and extended their run from June to August based on the success of initial ticket pre-sales, according to Entertainment Weekly. The musical had a successful three-week run in September 2011 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey prior to bringing the production to Broadway.
Since its debut the hit show has earned eight Tony Award nominations (including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Lead Actor) and has grossed around $7.9 million, which is one of the best financial track records of any show to open this season, according to The New York Times.
The current cast will stay on board, including Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan who plays newsboy and leader of the strike, Jack Kelly. Single tickets are on sale through November 18 and group sale tickets are available through January 6, as reported by The New York Times.
“I think that ‘Newsies’ extending will continue to help their ticket sales, making it possible for more people to be able to buy tickets and plan their trips to New York City,” said Amanda Pekoe, president of theatrical marketing and advertising company The Pekoe Group, in a recent email to TicketNews. “There is such a huge audience base for the show — it’s not only for families, but also for adults who grew up watching and loving the movie, who will want to see the show live on stage.”
According to the official website for “Newsies,” tickets typically range from $93 to $125. Ticketmaster has limited tickets available for $67 or $83 for orchestra for select dates and showtimes.