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Newsies The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4 2015

Disney's 1992 movie musical begat this 2012 stage adaptation now touring in an Equity production, and it has all the strengths and weaknesses of a typical Disney effort. The product is nearly flawless, the casting perfect, the set amazing, the performances (at a technical level) virtuosic. Still, there's something creepy and corporate about the whole enterprise—particularly given the subject matter, the New York City newsboys' strike of 1899. Harvey Fierstein's book does its job without much fire, and Alan Menken and Jack Feldman's formulaic Tony-Award-winning score is nice but utterly forgettable. More troubling is how much has been Photoshopped out of this account of desperately poor kids scraping out a living on the streets: this Disneyfied New York seems no more real than Cinderella Castle. —Jack Helbig

Price: $47-$117


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