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"Newsies" Seizes The Day

I got really excited when I heard that Disney’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Newsies, inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ was going to be staged in Manila by NineWorksTheatrical and GlobeLive.I was a bit concerned with how they were going to mount such an ambitious production where the level of dancing was on a totally different magnitude. Finding the right cast that can do tap, jazz, ballet and up to a certain level of gymnastics was the main requirement. Well after watching the “Meet The Cast/Training Ground” series on YouTube, my concerns immediatley went away. The four month journey of intensive rehearsals and training gave me a whole new perspective on what is possible in Philippine theatre with the right support and funds to go with it.
Opening Night was a resounding success.I could not get over on how beautiful and spectacular the show was, from the musical direction of Daniel Bartolome who along with his orchestra brought to life the music of Alan Menken…

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