The fight for fairness in the workplace will make headlines throughout the show, as the cause of the paper boys of 1890s New York is brought to life through song and dance in the summertime musical of the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, “Newsies”.
Starting this weekend, the local production directed by Carol Hovey and starring Tommy Lassiter is set for a three-weekend run at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.
“Set in turn-of-the-century New York, ‘Newsies’ is the gripping story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a gang of teenage boys. When publishing titans raise distribution prices at the expense of newsboys, Jack is bringing together reporters from across the city to fight unfair conditions and fight for what’s right,” Tri-Valley Rep officials said.
“‘Newsies’ was inspired by the two-week real-life newsboys’ strike of 1899, led by Kid Blink, against the powerful newspaper publishers of the day, including William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. It addresses the themes of social justice, exploitative child labor practices and fighting the establishment,” they added.
The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2012, is inspired by the musical film of the same name released by Disney 20 years earlier. The game version featured music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein (based on the film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White).