The companies that brought AMERICAN IDIOT and A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL to the Filipino stage is back with one of theater’s most challenging musicals to date. Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical present Disney’s NEWSIES, showing on all the weekends of July at the Globe Iconic Store Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater!
The story follows the charismatic newspaper boy Jack Kelly, a leader-figure among a band of “Newsies,” who “dreams of a better life far from the hardships of the streets.” The plot deepens when Jack steps forward and moves the newspaper boys to rally against publishing strongmen Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, and other similar authorities who raise newspaper fees at the expense of the “Newsies”. From newspaper boys to advocates, NEWSIES dramatizes a “David and Goliath” fight for justice against corporate corruption.
Featuring lyrics by Jack Feldman, music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, and a book by Tony star author Harvey Fierstein, NEWSIES showcases an array of highly-passionate music relaying age-old issues that remains alarmingly relevant to today’s world.
NEWSIES was first produced as a motion picture musical in 1992 which was inspired by the true events of the “Newspaper Strike of 1899,” which in turn inspired the live stage adaptation that premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 before being brought to Broadway the following year that ran for a total of 1,005 performances.
Executive Producers Joe Caliro of Globe Live, Santi Santamaria of 9 Works Theatrical, Director Robbie Guevara along with choreographer PJ Rebullida has their work cut out for them with the high-demands of this award-winning musical. But they not only rise to the challenge but promise to deliver it with a display of the incredible talent from across the country. After the grueling auditions, they established Training Ground – a five-month long training in voice, acting gymnastics, and dance lessons in ballet, hiphop, tap, jazz, and more. Filmed with the behind-the-scenes of NEWSIES, watch the webisodes of the hardcore, intense training of the stellar cast of this local production of NEWSIES’ Training Ground at https://www.youtube.com/user/globeph.
“We need our actors to be triple-threats, so instead of the usual auditions and rehearsals, Training Ground allows us to maximize their potential before going to actual rehearsals,” shares Caliro. “There is so much talent in the Philippines, and with proper training, we can elevate our skills to be world-class. It is also an opportunity for the cast to hone their skills at no cost with the best trainers in the country,” he adds.
Playing the role of Jack Kelly is recording artist, singer, actor and 9 Works Theatrical mainstay Gian Magdangal, who has just come back from a stint at Hong Kong Disneyland’s The Golden Mickeys and Universal Studios Japan. Joining him as part of the newsboys are Jef Flores (recent Gawad Buhay awardee for Outstanding Lead Actor for Tick, Tick…BOOM! ), Daniel Drilon (Secret Garden, Fun Home), Tory Cortez (Hansel and Gretel, A Christmas Carol), Luis Marcelo (Little Shop of Horrors), and Alex Diaz (Host & TV Personality, MYX VJ). Also in the cast are Danielle Chopin (Into the Woods, My Fair Lady), Greg Dulcie (The Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd), Pinky Marquez (The Wedding Singer, Beauty and the Beast), and Raymund Concepcion (Annie, The Little Mermaid).
Chopin shares that, “the energy is going to be there. We are definitely doing our best to keep the Disney standard, which is going to be amazing. There’s a lot to look forward to, the dance, the music, the story, we have an amazing collection of people in this project and it’s just so much fun and you can really see all of the love and the blood and the sweat and the tears that have gone into it. So by the time we open, I think the audience will get to really feel that and enjoy it.”
“They can look forward to me sing and dance from start to end! I almost don’t get off the stage!” Madrigal chimes in.
Rounding up the cast are Franz Imperial, Ariel Reonal, Joni Galeste, Melissa Bell, Ian Ocampo, Ronelson Yadao, Erick Arenas, Jourdan Bartolome, Mark Anthony Grantos, Jim Ferrer, Chesko Rodriguez, Kendrick Ibasco, Anton Posadas, Stephen Viñas, Clark dela Riva, Jon Abella, MC dela Cruz, Vyen Villanueva and Jan Mayo.
The rest of the creative team are as follows – Franz Imperial as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, Yek Barlongay additional choreography for tap, Ed Lacson as set designer, Eric Pineda as costume designer, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, GA Fallarme as video & projection designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer and Dong Calingacion as technical director.
For tickets and more information, go to http://go.globe.com.ph/newsies.html or https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/Online/default.asp or dial 891.9999.
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