Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit. Written by Ken Cerniglia. Published by Disney Editions. Paperback, 160 pages. 10 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches.
During the summer of 1899, a ragtag band of newsboys stood up against the most powerful newspaper publishers in New York City to demand a fair shake. In the spring of 1992, Disney released a live-action musical film based on these historical events. Newsies inspired a generation of musical-theater performers and fueled a fervent, almost cultlike, fan base that ultimately demanded that this story be brought to the stage. However, it wasn't until two decades later, after beating countless odds, this musical about a very unlikely triumph achieved by youngsters landed on Broadway and became a veritable hit. Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit features more than one hundred first-person accounts of the creation and impact of Newsies--from historical research, film, production, and stage development through the musical's first anniversary on Broadway.
About the Author
Ken Cerniglia is dramaturg and literary manager for Disney Theatrical Group, where over the past decade he has helped develop more than forty Disney shows for productions on professional, amateur, and school stages around the globe. He holds a Ph.D. in theater history and criticism from the University of Washington and has published articles and chapters on theater in a variety of journals and books. He previously edited Peter and the Starcatcher: The Annotated Script of the Broadway Play for Disney Editions.