Tuesday, December 3, 2019

GAS LAMP TEENS INVITE YOU TO “SEIZE THE DAY!” with a heartwarming tale of “Newsies”

Disney’s Newsies—The Broadway Musical

WHEN: Friday, December 6th, at 7:00 pm; Saturday, December 7th, at 1:00 and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, December 8th, at 1:00 pm
Ridgewood Avenue School Theater, 235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge
TICKETS:  $15.00 for adult and $10.00 for student/senior and are available HERE

Forty-six teens from several North Jersey counties take the stage to narrate the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

“The trove of talents in this cast is simply unbelievable”, says Kristy Graves - Gas Lamp artistic director and co-director of the musical - “Two of our teen actors were nominated for Perry Awards as Outstanding Youth Actors for our 2019 production of Les Misèrables, and as many as 20 performers constitute the incredible dance core who will dance, tap, do acrobatics. We are also very excited to welcome choreographer Michael Scannelli to our show; he was nominated for a 2019 Perry Award and is currently up for two Broadway World Awards for his choreography. You’ve never seen dance like this on the Gas Lamp stage!”

“I cannot imagine a better musical to follow our successful run of Les Miz,” continues co-director Stephen Buntrock, “The energy, the fun that these young artists bring to the material is truly infectious. Our actors are playing characters from 120 years ago, but along the way they realize how much they still have in common with those youth. Having played Pulitzer this past summer in a Lexington, KY production, I felt an even deeper connection to this exciting material, with a truly rich music, possibly my favorite aspect of Newsies”.

Gas Lamp Players is a non-profit community theatre whose mission is to cultivate creativity, confidence, compassion and community through the performing arts.

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