After two successful collaborations via theater productions last year via ‘American Idiot’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’—Globe Live! and 9 Works Theatrical are all set to open its curtain for their Disney musical—‘Newsies’ tonight, July 7 at Globe Iconic Store BHS Amphitheater.
This Broadway Smash Hit Musical takes pride in assembling triple threat talents in Philippine theater (excel in acting, singing and dancing). That’s actually how the two giants have envisioned in mounting this challenging production with Gian Magdangal as the lead star portraying Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of ‘Newsies’.
Magdangal is going to be joined by Jef Flores (recent Gawad Buhay awardee for Outstanding Lead Actor for Tick, Tick…BOOM! ), Daniel Drilon (Secret Garden, Fun Home), Tory Cortez (Hansel and Gretel, A Christmas Carol), Luis Marcelo (Little Shop of Horrors), and Alex Diaz (Host & TV Personality, MYX VJ).
The said production is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Franz Imperial as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, Yek Barlongay additional choreography for tap, Ed Lacson as set designer, Eric Pineda as costume designer, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, GA Fallarme as video and projection designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer and Dong Calingacion as technical director.
The executive producers are Joe Caliro (Globe Live) and Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical), Denise Seva (Globe Live Director for Events and Production), with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, and Arma Bonilla as stage manager.
‘Newsies’ is based on the 1992 musical film of the same title and was inspired from a real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Alan Menken provided the music, Jack Feldman for lyrics, Harvey Fierstein for the book.
The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 and made its Broadway debut in 2012. In Broadway, it ran for two years with 1,005 performances. It garnered over 24 theatrical nominations including the Drama Desk, Outer Circle Critics’ Awards, and a total of eight Tony awards. It won Best Score for Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, and Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli.
For more information, visit 9 Works Theatrical’s official site.
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