Carrying The Banner

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“There's change coming once and for all
You makes the front page and man, you is major news

Tomorrow they'll see what we are
And sure as a star, we ain't come this far... to lose”




In case you haven’t heard Newsies On Tour will play its final performance on October 2, 2016. While everyone is sad to see it end, we need to think about the positive of what Newsies has brought to us, taught us about being the underdog and standing up for what you believe in. Think of the tour closing more of an extension - extension of our Newsies family.
You have to remember that Newsies was never ever supposed to be seen onstage.  Because of a group of people like you – later to be known as our FANSIES; made Newsies the most requested MTI title of any Disney film musical not yet adapted to the stage. Though intended only as a pilot production before the title was licensed for regional, professional and amateur productions, Newsies  Paper Mill Playhouse run engendered extraordinary interest sparking the transfer to Broadway. The Broadway production was originally scheduled for limited 12-week run of 105 performances, however, due to popular demand and being nominated for 23 major theatrical awards wining a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography & Best Musical Score, Newsies went on to run for 1,005 performances or two and half years - closing on August 24, 2014.
That very next day, as the Nederlander theater began to take apart the set and pack up the props and costumes, a national tour began its first day of rehearsal. On October 30, 2014, the tour opens to a sold out audience in upstage New York.  Now after “carrying the banner” for two years, play 65 cities, doing 784 performances for over 1 million audience members, the NEWSIES North American Tour will play its final performance on October 2, 2016.
It was because of you our friends, our FANSIES that these productions existed. We have laughed together, cried together and experienced life together. As Crutchie sings in Act 2 “our friends more like family”. Beginning in the summer of 2017, you the FANSIES will join our Newsies family and will be “Carrying The Banner” for Newsies everywhere as more than 12 regional productions will begin.
Newsies on Tour has dedicated their talent, time and generosity with fundraising for a number of charities while “carrying the banner” because of audiences like you throughout the country. Since the tour opened in October 2014, Newsies On Tour & Broadway Bazaar (formerly Newsies On Tour Charity Shop) collectively have raised over $632,750 for charities like Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Chicago House, Richmond Ermet AID Foundation, & Covenant House just to name a few.

So this is it! Your last chance to own a piece of history. If you have been waiting to buy something Newsies related the wait is over. Once it is gone, its gone! We will NOT be getting more of that item in stock unfortunately.  



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