Newsies gave all of us something to believe in and it taught us to stand for what is right. After a massively successful run on Broadway and a national tour, the show is being preserved on film so a new generation of Fansies can discover why we all love it so much. On Monday, newsies from every iteration of the show came together to celebrate the movie’s premiere.
You were in Newsies since its run at Paper Mill Playhouse, what is it like to be a part of the movie?
Well, it’s kind of crazy. I never left. I wasn’t on Broadway the whole time, but I joined the tour six months in and did a year and a half on tour. And then I did the movie.
Are you playing the same track in the movie that you did on tour?
No. So since I was a swing, they kind of added the swings in and we had our own track.
So you didn’t have a character name?
Apparently, I do have a name. I just don’t know what it is until the credits roll. I do have a name, but I was a Brooklyn newsie as well.
What is your favorite part of the movie that you are excited for people to see?
I think just everyone to see it and people who didn’t have a chance to see it.
What are the changes that you are excited for people to see?
I think they added more crazy athletic tricks and stuff.
Did you do any of those?
I didn’t do that much, but some of the other boys did extra flips and leaps and turns that weren’t there originally.
You did Newsies on tour and then you got asked to be in the movie. What was that like?
That was so crazy. It was so unexpected. Just from being away from the show, I didn’t know there was really talk of doing a film and then all of a sudden, you get a call one day asking if you could be back to run it again and I was just blown away and so thankful I was a member to come back. It was unbelievable.
What are you most excited to see of the changes?