Turn down the lights and enjoy the warm “Newsies”


It’s been almost two years since the pandemic arrived, and a feeling everyone undoubtedly missed was sitting in a padded seat, hearing the whispers of a live audience, seeing the lights go down. and look to the scene. On October 13, Florida State students were finally able to participate and watch a live musical. You couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed and overwhelmed to see the Fallon Theater sold out after two grueling years.

From October 13 to 24, the FSU Theater School presented its production of Disney’s “Newsies”, directed and choreographed by Michael Fatica. “Newsies” made its Broadway debut in 2012 and has been a hit ever since.

Background:

Based on a true story, “Newsies” is set in 1899 and follows the life of Jack Kelly, a homeless teenager who leads a group of newspaper vendors on strike against publisher Joseph Pulitzer for creating rules that hurt people. journalists’ profits. He is accompanied by Davey and Les, two brothers who become newspaper vendors to support their families.

Her sweetheart, Katherine Plumber, who is an aspiring journalist, covers their strike so all of New York can see them.

The show has themes about corruption and capitalism, but ultimately it’s about standing up for yourself in an unjust society.

“I hope the public can see the passion of journalists and feel a sense of unity to stand up for the things that are rightfully ours (fairness, respect, equality),” said Amanda Lee, who played Medda Larkin .

The production:

It’s hard not to be enchanted by the improved set design, costumes and actors. The decor resembled an old New York neighborhood and the costumes were inspired by early 20th century fashion, bringing audiences back to the progressive era of muckrakers, desperate for a voice, and millionaires climbing the Mountain peak.

While there were many highlights from the cast, there were definitely some highlights. Brady Foley played Kelly with infectious charisma, almost like he was made for the role. Patrick DuChene, who played Joseph Pulitzer, captured the pompous demeanor of wealthy men of this period perfectly. Alberto Blanco, who played Crunchie, brought a sense of tenderness and comedic relief to every scene he was in.

Musical talent was not lacking either. Joseph Gaitens, who played Davey, had arguably the most perfect pitch of everyone on the show. You couldn’t help but feel like listening to a professional audio recording every time he took the stage and effortlessly sang his verses.

Jessie Roddy, who played Katherine Plumber, had a bright soprano tone, easily hitting high notes. Finally, Lee wowed audiences with her deep, sultry voice and confident personality.

Between the choreography of when the newsies decide to go on strike and the dazzling tap dance act, “Newsies” wouldn’t be complete without its epic ensemble dance sequences.

Among the notable dancers were Jessica Chunta and Kylie Marco.

Take away food :

The FSU School of Theater did not disappoint after a two-year hiatus. “Newsies” was a warm, flawless production and almost everyone in the audience felt compelled to smile and give the cast a standing ovation.

Overall, there was a lot to take away from the show, but the main theme that audience members took away that night was the power to hang out together.

“Change is very much possible if you are willing to stand up for what you believe in,” Roddy said. “We have so much more power than we are conditioned to think. “

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