It’s difficult not to immediately fall madly in love with Jack Kelly, played by the dynamic Miami-born Joey Barreiro in the touring production of “Disney’s Newsies.” He is, after all, the perfect spokesperson for the American dream. While it’s partially based on the New York City newsboys strike of 1899, the whole “exploitation of workers” theme is perhaps more relevant now than ever. More work for less pay? Sound familiar?
Barreiro, who is a University of Miami graduate, steals the show as the foot-stomping no-nonsense Jack. When greedy Joseph Pulitzer raises the prices of his newspapers assuming he can force his already starving paper boys to spend more money to buy the same amount of newspapers they did yesterday, Barreiro’s character pulls off the impossible and goes against the newspaper giant.
With inspiring song and dance numbers such as “Seize The Day,” “King of New York” and “Watch What Happens,” “Disney’s Newsies” is the people’s musical. While it’s based on the 1992 Disney film starring Christian Bale, it’s no surprise “Disney’s Newsies” won the 2012 Tony Awards for best score and best choreography. This show is a must see for dreamers and believers of all ages.
“Disney’s Newsies” hit Broward Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 17 and runs through Nov. 29. A ticket to this show would make an awesome pre-holiday gift for someone special.
Tickets for “Disney’s Newsies” is on-sale now and can be purchased by visiting Browardcenter.org or by phone 954-462-0222.