Disney's Newsies JR. is Available for Licensing!

Disney's Newsies JR. is Available for Licensing!

MTI is thrilled to announce that the 60-minute Broadway Junior® musical Newsies JR. is now available for licensing in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Based on the 1992 motion picture and the full-length 2012 Broadway musical licensed by MTI, Newsies JR. is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899 and features a Tony Award®-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

At this past weekend's Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA, attendees were treated to a special panel about Newsies JR. featuring original Broadway cast members, Kara Lindsay (Katherine) and Tommy Bracco (Spot Conlon). The cast members shared backstage memories and performed songs from the musical including, "Watch What Happens" and "Brooklyn's Here."

The musical follows newsboy Jack Kelly as he rallies a band of fellow "newsies" against the powerful New York newspaper publishers when they raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense. Together, they learn they are stronger united and create a movement that will change history. Including the now classic songs "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe," Newsies JR. is an energetic show full of spirit and heart.

"We are thrilled that Disney's Newsies has been adapted for a 60-minute Broadway Junior version of the show," stated John Prignano, MTI's Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education and Development. "With the release of Newsies JR., even more theatres and academies will bring this inspirational story and rousing songs to stages across the country."

The release of Newsies JR. also kicks off a new initiative to support MTI show launches with the addition of town hall-style events on zoom for educators and directors. MTI Classroom, MTI's education and outreach division will host the first town hall centered around Newsies JR. to provide information and tools for organizations mounting their own productions. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and get the inside scoop on everything related to the show. MTI Classroom Presents "Disney's Newsies JR. Town Hall" is free to attend and will take place on January 26, 2022 from 2pm-3pm ET. (January 27, 2022 from 5am AEST) Learn more and register HERE.