In 1899, newsboy and newsgirls in New York went on strike to challenge an increase in the price of a bundle of newspapers.
In 1992, director and choreographer Kenny Ortega brought the story of the strike to the big screen in the movie “Newsies,” which starred Christian Bale, David Moscow, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret.
While not a box office hit, the film would go on to become a cult classic.
In 2011, a musical based on the movie made its debut at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse before moving to Broadway the following year.
The musical would go onto win two Tony Awards, best choreography and best original score, from eight nominations.
On Friday, Christian Youth Theater will keep the story of those newsboy and newsgirls alive as their production of “Newsies” opens at the Bing Crosby Theater.
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