Sunday, August 24th 2014 was the final performance of Newsies the Musical on Broadway…and I was lucky enough to see it.
With such fabulous leading men: Corey Cott (Jack Kelly), John Dossett (Joseph Pulitzer), Ben Fankhauser (Davey), Andy Richardson (Crutchie) and Zachary Unger (Les) it was a show to remember! This last show was their 1,005th performance after debuting on March 29, 2012.
I’d gone with a group of people in the hopes of winning the free lottery tickets to the last performance. For those of you who might not know: a show lottery is generally two and a half hours before the show starts. You enter your name and if you’re lucky, they call it out at the end. A person can win up to two tickets and while generally lottery tickets are very inexpensive in this case, in honor of it being the last performance, these tickets were free! Over 600 people attended the drawing with over 100 tickets given out. I still think it’s a miracle that I went to the lottery with 6 people trying to win 6 tickets, of course thinking we wouldn’t win – there were so many people – and somehow we won exactly 6 tickets! Isn’t that cool?
I feel so lucky I was able to see the last performance and wow, was it a spectacular show! My throat is still hurting from all the screaming I did. After each number the cast got a standing ovation, everyone cheering and whistling.
It is sad the show is now closed on Broadway (you can still catch it on tour!) but I am also happy I was able to come full circle with the show. I had seen Newsies during its first week of previews, as well as opening night (with many shows in between) and finally its last show. Sunday’s performance was filled with such energy and spunk unlike any other night. You could tell that the Newsies were sad it was their last show by the tears in their eyes, but they didn’t let it affect their abilities on stage. The actors gave this performance their all; Cory Cott was the best I have ever seen him. He had