Remember how Newsies ended its Broadway run last summer, and New Yorkers everywhere cried tears of bitter sorrow? We were consoled, somewhat, by the subsequent announcement that our favorite messenger-bag-bearing boys would be hitting the road for a national tour. I caught the touring cast in Pittsburgh, PA, this Thanksgiving—and I was thrilled to see them keeping the Newsies spirit alive. (They're really seizing the day, if ya know what I mean.)
But you don't have to take my word for it: The tour schedule currently continues through October 11 of this year. (We say "currently" with the hopes that they'll keep extending it...or, you know, bring the show back to Broadway.) If you need more concrete evidence of the talent boasted by these kings of New York, you're in luck. Earlier this week, Disney Playlist released a video of Newsies cast members performing a tap rendition of Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance"—and it makes us so happy.
FYI, the lead vocalist is Dan DeLuca, who plays the infamous Jack Kelly—so if you like what you see here, you're gonna looove Newsies on tour.
If you have an idea for another popular song you'd like the cast of Newsies (or another Broadway musical) to cover for Disney Playlist, share your ideas in the comments!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.