MILLBURN – The Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2011-12 season with the premier of the Disney stage musical, “Newsies.”
Featuring music by eight time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a new book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein, “Newsies” is adapted for the stage from the live-action Disney feature film musical. The production will be directed at Paper Mill by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun. The show begins performances on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Of all the Disney film musicals not yet adapted to the stage – “Newsies” has for years been the single most requested title by professional and amateur theatre groups, according to the world’s largest dramatic licensing agent MTI. This new stage version keeps many of the film’s songs and adds several new numbers by the original team of Menken and Feldman.
“It’s been thrilling to return to my beloved Newsies and to revisit, revamp and expand upon the score Jack Feldman and I wrote; especially with the exciting addition of a new book by the brilliant Harvey Fierstein,” Menken says. “This collaboration has been a total joy. And I can’t wait to see our new baby come to life.”
“Newsies is an inspiring story of the power of young people and the hope of a better tomorrow,” says Fierstein. “I have loved the opportunity to explore these rich characters and situations and I hope that we’ve given this extraordinary score an even more resonant setting.”
Paper Mill Playhouse will announce their entire 2011-2012 season on Thursday. Visit www.papermill.org for additional information.
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