From Broadway to Big D

Tony Award-winning Newsies will soon be king of Dallas

Tony Award-winning Newsies will soon be king of Dallas

Newsies the musical
Newsies​ became an instant success on Broadway 20 years after failing as a movie. Photo by Deen Van Meer
Newsies the musical
The high-energy dance numbers were a big reason for the show's Broadway success, earning choreographer Christopher Gattelli a Tony Award. Photo by Deen Van Meer
Newsies the musical
Newsies​ will soon go from just being the "King of New York" to being the king of every city it visits, including Dallas. Photo by Deen Van Meer
Newsies the musical
Newsies the musical
Newsies the musical

The musical Newsies had a long and winding road to success on Broadway, and now Dallasites will get to enjoy the next step in its journey. The Tony Award-winning show is headed to Winspear Opera House for a two-week stop during the 2014-2015 season.

The exact dates and times are not yet known, but Dallas is one of 24 cities confirmed to be part of the national tour. Newsies will also hold performances in Houston and San Antonio.

Despite being part of the ongoing trend of adapting movies into Broadway shows, Newsies is one of the least likely success stories in recent Broadway history. It's based on the 1992 Disney movie musical that was a critical and box office failure and was previously only really known as one of Christian Bale's earliest roles.

Another reason it shouldn't have caught on is its subject matter. It centers around a bunch of newsboys, or "newsies," at the turn of the 20th century who decide to go on strike when publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise prices at the expense of the newsies.

But expectations were flipped when Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, who had written the original songs, teamed up with Harvey Fierstein to bring the show to the Great White Way. Freed from the ignominy of its initial failure thanks to some killer new songs and dance numbers, the show was an instant success in 2012.

The show won Tony Awards for best choreography and best score, which included songs like "Santa Fe" and "King of New York." Originally scheduled for just a few dozen performances, Newsies is now approaching its 700th show.