Newsies: A Broadway smash hit in Los Angeles

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Heart pounding energy and joy from curtain up to curtain down Newsies a smash hit on Broadway is back in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre. It is a blend of Olympian gymnastics and the pinnacle of theatrical art and along the way it also tells an important story of the oppressed gaining momentum and power.

Set in New York City in 1899 it is a matter of the young and typically homeless “newsies” or independent newspaper distributors, the ones who used to stand on street corners shooting, “read all about it,” pitted against rich and powerful Joseph Pulitzer and his New York World newspaper. But the story reaches well beyond and involves the often deplorable working conditions of a great many of American youth in the day. Major problems are never solved overnight, but the show does offer positive results and hope.

The entire cast is nothing short of spectacular. The dancing and choreography is at the very pinnacle of the art form. Sorry Bill but almost anyone can stand on a stage and proclaim: “If music be the food of love play on, give me excess of it.” Very, very few performers can deliver the pure exhilarating magic delivered by the cast of Newsies.

The only bad news is that this is a very short run only now through Sunday September 4, so do not miss this show. Get your tickets now. Newsies is at the Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California. Tickets may be purchased by calling 323-468-1770 or going on line at Ticketmasters.

Show times are Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The thrills of Rio and the magic of Broadway have merged in Los Angeles but only for a precious few days so do not miss it.