Los Angeles Times - 04/10/1992
"...It's a big, bright, rousing period musical..."
The 1899 New York newsboys' strike is the subject of this full-scale musical set against a stylized backdrop depicting turn-of-the-century New York City. In a series of rousing song and dance routines, choreographer/director Kenny Ortega chronicles the "newsies'" struggle with publishing mogul Joseph Pulitzer, their battering at the hands of strikebreakers, and their eventual triumph over the powerful newspaper establishment.
Determined to make their dreams come true, a courageous group of newsboys become unlikely heroes when they team up to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon.
Big Business |
Family (General) |
Personal Triumph |
Shot on location in Los Angeles, California, in Technicolor and Dolby (Spectral Recording). Prints by Technicolor.
Began shooting April 15, 1991; completed shooting July 31, 1991. Released in New York City April 8, 1992; released in the USA April 10, 1992. Released on video October 14, 1992.
First feature film directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega.
The featured music performers are Michael Lang, Steve Schaeffer, Neil Stubenhaus, Michael Fisher and Larry Bunker.
Soundtrack available on Walt Disney Records.
Special thanks were given in the credits to Paul Aaron (co-producer of "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"), Howard Ashman (the lyricist who collaborated with songwriter Alan Menken on "Beauty and the Beast" and "Little Mermaid" before his death from AIDS in 1991), Muppeteer Jim Henson, and famed dancer/choreographer/director Gene Kelly.