Disney’s Newsies is based on the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899 that changed the American labor movement for good. The musical tells the story of Jack Kelly (played by Opera House alum Casey Camacho), a defiant newsboy who dreams of life away from the big city as an artist. “Newsies” were young children, often orphans or runaways, who earned their keep selling newspapers and living off the meager profits. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer (Rodger McDonald) raises papers prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow workers take action. With the help from spunky female reporter, Katherine Plumber (Grace Leekley) all of New York City soon recognize the power of committed individuals standing as one.
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