Timeless Theatre Weekend Part 1: Sat. #NewsiesForever

The entire Newsies story taken from screen to stage back to screen is one of triumph and feel-good entertainment that certainly brings the magic of Disney.

Disney’s NEWSIES: The Broadway Musical made its worldwide cinema debut this past Feb. 15, 18 and 22 courtesy of Fathom events taking the sold-out Broadway musical to more than 700 movie theaters across the United States.

The musical was filmed onstage at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, CA bringing Alan Menken’s music, Jack Feldman’s lyrics, Harvey Fierstein’s book and Jeff Calhoun’s stage direction to audiences for the price of a movie ticket.

The show takes you to 1899 where newsboys took a stand against the giant publishers of the newspaper world in a strike that galvanized the ragtag youth of New York in a classic David and Goliath story.

The superstar cast included the leads and some memorable faces from the Broadway production combined with the national tour cast. It was thrilling to see all the actors link arms to form a new band of brothers who were “all for one!” The comradery of Broadway originals Jeremy Jordan (Jack Kelly), Kara Lindsay (Katherine Plumber), Ben Fankhauser (Davey), and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Crutchie) shined on screen.

Some of my favorite moments unique to this film version included the varying shots depicting a closer look into a character’s inner thought life. The scenes that highlighted relationships were richly flushed out with details such as those on the rooftop. Kara Lindsay’s “Watch What Happens’ solo took on a whole new level of meaning where you saw and experienced the mental gymnastics her character goes through for each lyric.

Christopher Gattelli’s Tony award winning choreography with signature gymnastics and dance moves is elevated to a new level of appreciation as well. The movie version lets you see the intricacy of difficulty while never losing sight of the dynamic athleticism sweeping the entire stage. For instance, Michael Dameski’s turns on a newspaper ending “Seize the Day” is a standout moment shot from different angles. The tapping sounds are as clear and crisp as ever and the facial expressions tell a compelling story with each leap and head spot.

Other standout moments come from Jeremy Jordan who brings his stage, film and television star power to the newsboy leader Jack Kelly. He is able to find the perfect blend of charisma and chutzpah needed for Jack.   Audiences are swept up in emotion with Jeremy’s powerhouse vocals in “Santa Fe” and are endeared to Jack’s unique relationships to each of the newsboys.

Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber and Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Credit: Disney Theatrical Productions)

Movie theater audiences can cheer right along with the filmed audience when Tommy Bracco (Spot Colon) enters or when Andrew Keenan-Bolger’s Crutchie is released from the refuge. In addition, laughs can be had at jokes that hit right home by Ben Cook (Racetrack), Nico DeJesus (Romeo) and Ethan Steiner (Les). Steven Blanchard’s Pulitzer and Aisha De Haas as Medda Larkin are a joy to watch too!

I am so thankful that more people will see such strong male dancing and be inspired to stand united to make a difference! Both the dance moves and the courageous moves to stand up for one another are timeless visuals to serve this generation and the next! #NewsiesForever

And now “The World Will Know” too as this filmed live version will air once more on February 22 at 7 PM in the United States but also in movie theaters across the world. For more information please visit FathomEvents.com

On Saturday, I had the pleasure seeing Newsies at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre built in 1926.

Pre-show:  Audiences were treated to hearing Disney songs and Newsies signature songs from organist Rob Richards.

Post-show: The audience was invited into the adjacent Disney’s Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop and were given a sample of their famous chocolate. Sweet treats from the menu served as the ultimate grand finale.

Kate Spade Newspaper Print Canvas Tote, Newsies, Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit book

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Newsies Inspired Printables Available for purchase at Shining Inspiration’s Etsy shop & Newsboy cap from Village Hat Shop

For a different kind of captivating magic check out what I did on Sunday in my next post!
Let us jump from 1899 to 1903 in Timeless Theatre Weekend Part 2: Circus 1903 posted tomorrow!

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Tap Into a Sunny Outlook: 42nd Street

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In the musical 42nd Street’s National Tour, Peggy Sawyer (Caitlin Ehlinger) maintained her bright positive attitude and willingness to go after her dream with tenacity and joy! When someone was a naysayer and acted in cynicism to discourage, Peggy was the refreshing light who was willing to love her job even in the chorus. She made a positive difference with what she was given, held onto her dream and her true friends even when she found stardom. Peggy won over those naysayers by being herself!

Be your own kind of Peggy at your workplace or life! Embrace who you are, go after your dreams, appreciate what you have and love those around you not for their status but for true friendship.

The company of 42nd Street featuring Caitlin Ehlinger as Peggy Sawyer
The company of 42nd Street featuring Caitlin Ehlinger as Peggy Sawyer

PEGGY: Miss Jones and Mr. Barry just invited everyone. Is something funny?

JULIAN MARSH: You are. Eyes shining like a kid at Christmas, dreaming of parties and opening nights, the tinsel and glitter of musical comedy. Just look at yourself – a speck of dust on this stage, indistinguishable from the forty other specks of dust I put there!

PEGGY: I know that, Mr. Marsh. But put all those specks together, you have something alive and beautiful that can reach out to a thousand people we’ve never seen before.

JULIAN MARSH: Broadways dreams, Sawyer! We’ve all have ‘em!

PEGGY: Well, I mean to hold on to mine, Mr. Marsh!

It was a joy to watch the production at Segerstrom Center for the Arts! Thank you to the cast and creative team for bringing shining positivity!  I love Caitlin Ehlinger’s performance as Peggy Sawyer with her energetic tapping and beaming smile that lights up the stage!  Check the website for more tour information!

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Have a Blessed Independence Day!

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Proud and thankful to be an American!

God bless America with —
Comfort for all who mourn;
Peace for all who are troubled;
Grace for all who are needy;
Courage for all who fear;
Strength for all who are weary;
Faith for all who are seeking;
Hope for all who are uncertain;
Protection for all who serve;
Wisdom for all who lead.

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Enjoy this video featuring music from Michael W. Smith’s “Freedom” album.

Tuesday Tunes-FishFest and Audio Adrenaline’s “Kings and Queens”

The 12th annual Fishfest at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA on June 29 will feature Christian artists including Casting Crowns, Third Day, Phil Wickam, Audio Adrenaline, and Laura Story.

Audio Adrenaline’s song “Kings and Queens” released in March 2013 includes lyrics that deliver the message of love to orphans especially orphans in Haiti.

The band’s non-profit organization “Hands and Feet project” has established children’s villages in Haiti that houses 100 orphaned or abandoned at risk children.

The Kings and Queens Capital Campaign hopes to raise funds to build two more children’s villages in the next two years and provide the village’s family-style and long-term care to 1,000 children by 2016 according to their website.

For more information on how to get involved with Audio Adrenaline’s non-profit click here.

The song “Kings and Queens” include these lyrics:
Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty
When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free
Shout your name in victory

Invite a friend and buy tickets to the KFSH 95.9FM radio station and Transparent Production’s Fishfest.
Enjoy the family friendly music on the three stages!  For more information and how to purchase tickets to FishFest on Saturday, June 29 click here.

Tuesday Tunes: Inspiring Music and Musicians-Zach Sobeich

The story of Zach Sobeich and his inspirational story of how he infused songs with his life and thoughts after being diagnosed with terminal cancer is a reminder of valuing every moment.  The video “My Last Days” documenting slices of life that celebrate connection highlight relationships that are truly loving.  Interviews with Zach, his family and girlfriend are such gifts filled with honest unmasked truth.  Their intimate boldness delivered straight into camera is delivered straight to my heart.  “You don’t have to find out you’re dying, to start living.”

His songs from Zach’s band “A Firm Handshake” take on extra special meaning since his years on this earth came to an end yesterday.  Zach chose to be a fighter and deliver some of his story with simple lyrics.

Watch the documentary below:

 

Tuesday Tunes: Shining Songs and Lyrics

Image: Bible Lock Screens

 

From my experience, it can be easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt or worry before an audition.  I choose to focus on worship over worry.  Instead of practicing lines in the car I trust that I have done my work beforehand and I give all my fear to God.  The playlist of songs reminds me that my identity is not defined on whether I “do well” in the audition.  I can take every opportunity to “SHINE” representing love, joy, peace, patience and kindness to my fellow actors in the waiting room, the casting director and so on.    Matthew 5:16

 

 

 

1. We Are by Kari Jobe
Album: Where I Find You
Released: 1/20/12

2. Shine by Jeremy Camp
Album: Reckless
Released: 2/8/13

 

3. More by Matthew West
Album: Happy
Released: 5/11/04

4. Shine by Sharif Iman

Album: Shine