Last year, I declared that Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s A Christmas Carol was the best local theater production I’ve seen… ever. That title is now with Newsies, which coincidentally, is also a collaboration between the two companies.
Spectacle seems to be a keyword for Globe Live. It’s a word that perfectly defined A Christmas Carol, with an incredibly talented cast that delivered soaring vocals that sent shivers down my spine. They recreated the pageantry in the musical Newsies, where they demanded that each actor should be able to act, sing, and dance.
Newsies tells the story of the real-life 1899 newsboy strike in New York, where a group of young boys goes on strike to improve how newspaper hawkers, who were mostly kids, were compensated.
Newsies was originally a Disney film that flopped but gained rave reviews when it was adapted into a Broadway musical. In 2011, it was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning Best Choreography and Best Original Score. It’s a tall order for Globe Live and 9WT to produce what many call the most difficult musical to stage, but this production successfully pulled it off.
Leading the show is Gian Magdangal, who plays Jack Kelly, the leader of the newsboy strike. He plays the role with such conviction that you find yourself rooting for him as he fights the biggest newspaper publishers of the day, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. Of course, we’re already familiar with his singing prowess so it’s not surprising that his vocals soared throughout the show.
Equally stunning were Pinky Marquez as performer Medda Larkin and Danielle Chopin as the journalist Katherine Plumber. Both had incredible singing range and were entertaining in their roles. Greg Dulcie cut an imposing figure as the publisher Pulitzer.
But the highlight of the show were the newsies, who drove everyone wild with their flawless moves, doing pirouettes and backflips while singing. It’s amazing how the show has produced triple threats through Training Ground, a series of sessions with choreographer PJ Rebullida, where the cast took singing, dancing, and acting lessons.
Newsies is a dazzling display of talent and I’m happy that many people are supporting the musical. The show I watched was packed with people, who loudly cheered whenever the newsies performed. It was a nice break from the usual theater scene where people politely clap only at the appropriate moments. It was chaos at Newsies and I loved every single minute of it.
This post was created in partnership with Globe. Newsies will be staged at the Globe Iconic Store in the Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater, Bonifacio Global City on July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30, 2017 at 8PM. For tickets and information, visit the Globe website or contact Ticketworld at 891-9999. All photos from Globe.