Friday, June 1, 2018

Disney’s Newsies is Showing @RoseTheaterCo - Review

We loved Disney’s Newsies at The Rose Theater last night! 

It was such a great show for all of us! So far we've liked Disney's Newsies, The Christmas Story, Disney's Tarzan and Seedfolks the best! It could be because I have older kids, and boys.

The Rose is a Children's Theater, so they have things for all kid ranges, which is great. This show was best for ages 6 and up. It's 2 hours with one intermission. They serve cookies during intermission.

About Disney's Newsies:

The story is based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic and rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. Andrew Wright, a student at Weslyan University, will make his Rose debut in the role. Jack shares his dream of leaving New York one day with his best friend and fellow newsie, Crutchie, played by Jake Parker. They are joined by newsie newcomer Davey and his little brother, Les. Marcel Daly, who was last seen on The Rose stage as Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, will play Davey with Winston Schneider (formerly seen in Prancer and Peter Pan) playing Les.

The story had passion, a moral message, and charm. It was about the underdog getting the credit they deserved.

Show Times:

June 1-17

Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

Where: The Rose Theater 2001 Farnam Street Omaha, Nebraska on the Main Stage

Price: $27 for the Main Stage, $22 for the Balcony | Discounted Tickets are Sold at HyVee

Call for Reservations: 402 345 4849 for Tickets

I don't know part of me thinks it should run longer. Again we liked the show! They put in a lot of work!


Part of what I loved is that the cast is mostly boys. That is not something you see often. It was great seeing that some girls played guys too. That gave more vocal range.

Cast Jack Kelly - Andrew Wright
Katherine Plumber - Torisa Walker
Crutchie - Jake Parker
Davey - Marcel Daly
Romeo/Dance Captain - Fran Adrianto
Joseph Pulitzer - Patrick Wolfe
Medda Larkin/Nun - Zhomontee Watson
Bowery Beauty/Nun/Newsie - Samantha Zarders
Hannah/Bowery Beauty/Nun - Rachel Busse
Teddy Roosevelt/Newsie - Jonathan Algeroy
Seitz/Bunsen/Snyder/Wiesel/Jacobi - Manny Oñate
Nunzio/Stage Manager/Mayor/Darcy - Jordan Smith
Henry/Finch/Spot Conlon - Garrett Griffin
Oscar Delancey/Newsie - Ben Adams*
Morris Delancey/Newsie - Wayne Hudson*
Race - Cody Drap*
Les - Winston Schneider*
Albert - Liam Brenzel
Specs/Bill - Payton Johnson*
Elmer - Dina Saltzman*
Mush - Camryn Jordan*
Tommy Boy - Natalie Hanson*
Jo Jo - Nora Coffey*

Brooklyn Newsies Olivia Bryant*, Drew Cota*, Cooper Nielson*, Austin Lempke*, Danny Denenberg, Jayven Brandt, Sophie Williams*

Disney's Songs:


Santa Fe (Prologue) - Jack, Crutchie
Carrying the Banner - Jack, Newsies, Nuns
The Bottom Line - Pulitzer, Seitz, Bunsen, Hannah
Carrying the Banner (Reprise) - Newsies
That’s Rich - Medda
I Never Planned on You/Don’t Come a-Knocking - Jack, Bowery Beauties
The World Will Know - Jack, Davey, Les, Crutchie, Newsies
The World Will Know (Reprise) - Jack, Davey, Les, Newsies
Watch What Happens - Katherine
Seize the Day - Davey, Jack, Les, Newsies
Santa Fe - Jack


King of New York - Davey, Katherine, Les, Newsies
Letter from The Refuge - Crutchie
Watch What Happens (Reprise) - Davey, Jack, Katherine, Les
The Bottom Line (Reprise) - Pulitzer, Seitz, Bunsen
Brooklyn’s Here - Spot, Newsies
Something to Believe In - Katherine, Jack
Seize the Day (Reprise) - Newsies
Once and for All - Jack, Davey, Katherine, Newsies
Seize the Day (Reprise 2) - Newsies
Finale Ultimo - Company

Top Voice: Torisa Walker! The main girl in the photo above.

Most Fun to Watch: Fran Adrianto! He was the one in the front of the photo below. He really got into his moves and singing.

Artistic & Production Credits:

Director - Jerry Jay Cranford
Assistant Director - Geran Ramet
Music Director - Jerry Brabec
Choreographer - Sue Gillespie Booton
Costume Designer - Sherri Geerdes
Scenic Designer - Tim McMath
Projection Designer - Brittany Merenda
Lighting & Sound Designer - Craig S. Moxon
Hair & Makeup Designer - Erin Bragg
Production Stage Manager - Lisa Krabbenhoft
Production Director - Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director - Greg Rishoi
Props Mistress - Devon Denn-Young
Scenic Charge - Lauren Crabtree
Master Carpenter - Jackson Curtright
Lighting Apprentice - Matthew Benes
Scenic Apprentice - Saylor Novonglosky
Production Apprentice - Christy Hernandez
Assistant Stage Managers - Meghan Boucher, Molly Fryda
Run Crew - Zach Acherman, Jesse Groff, Donavon Perrone
Spot Op - Avi Littky, Amanda Harris
Stitchers - Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner


Keyboards - Jerry Brabec, Mitch Fuller
Trumpet - Marcus Nunez
Trombone - Paul Niedbalski
Reed - Michael Prucha
Drums - Jeff Kolega
Percussion - Michael Pollock
Guitar - Jason Koch
Violin - Mary Amador
Cello - Christina Allred
Bass - Tom Miller

Certainly a great musical! 

The Rose Theater is a nonprofit organization. Their sponsors include: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Mutual of Omaha, Whitmore Charitable Trust, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and many private donors.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from The Rose Theater. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I need to get this from the library for Cort, since he is so into musicals right now.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I haven't seen this one yet, but I'd like to some day. It seems like your Rose Theater has a lot of good offerings in the way of live entertainment!

mail4rosey said...

I had a boy student offer to play a girl in a play we were reading and though he did it to be funny, it did end up being awesome and getting everyone invested. :) I'm glad you had a good time!

Mandy said...

I love going to see shows. I've never heard of the Newsies… I'm sure anything to keep the kids occupied during spring break is a win!


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