Dec 14, 2020

Playhouse Square and Disney to Offer CMSD Classrooms Free Streaming Performance of DISNEY’S NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

Disney and Playhouse Square are teaming up to offer Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) grade 6-12 classrooms free access to a pre-recorded streaming performance of DISNEY'S NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL. With the impact of the pandemic on theaters and schools, Disney is committed to innovating new ways for students to remain engaged with the performing arts. By providing this NEWSIES Virtual Field Trip, Disney is investing in the next generation of storytellers and inspiring them to create the futures they imagine. 

“Connecting students to the performing arts is one of the cornerstones of Playhouse Square’s not-for-profit mission,” said Vice President of Community Engagement & Education Daniel Hahn. “Even though we cannot bring students to the theater for live performance this year, we knew it was important to find ways to maintain that connection. Our partnership with Disney is helping us do so through the Disney Musicals in Schools program and with the NEWSIES Virtual Field Trip, we can expand our reach. We are so grateful to Disney for offering this incredible opportunity to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.”

“Since the onset of the pandemic, we have been working to find creative and accessible ways to provide our content free to students and educators,” said Lisa Mitchell, Disney Theatrical Group’s Director of Education & Audience Engagement. “Earlier this year, we offered a virtually accessible version of THE LION KING Experience, a unique holistic arts education program that provides students and educators an immersive introduction to theater making through the lens of the Broadway production of THE LION KING. We are now thrilled to partner with Playhouse Square to pilot NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL as a virtual field trip. They have an excellent reputation for delivering quality education programs and we are excited to have them introduce this energetic and inspirational production to their students.”
DISNEY'S NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL will be available to CMSD classrooms from January 11-22. Access is free to grades 6-12 but registration is required. Playhouse Square is distributing registration information to eligible classrooms. CMSD educators may call 216-348-7909 or email with questions. In addition to the performance, educators and students will have access to a study guide, a dance tutorial featuring iconic choreography from the show, as well as a talkback with Disney Vice President of Domestic and Regional Engagements Jack Eldon and Director of Production Operations Mimi Intagliata, moderated by Playhouse Square Assistant Director of Community Engagement & Education Sheffia Dooley.

“We thank Disney and our partners at Playhouse Square for bringing this production to CMSD scholars. The arts enrich all of our lives and are especially needed during the pandemic. We are excited about the possibilities for incorporating NEWSIES and the historical events that inspired the story in remote learning,” said CMSD CEO Eric Gordon.

NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award®-winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. NEWSIES is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work on the show.  Since opening on Broadway in 2011, NEWSIES has played 1,711 performances between Broadway and the North American tour, to more than 2.5 million audience members in 65 cities across the country.  
In 2017, DISNEY'S NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL made its premiere in-cinemas nationwide. Captured live at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, the film features original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and NEWSIES North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les.  
DISNEY'S NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL is currently streaming on Disney +.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. 

DISNEY THEATRICAL GROUP (DTG) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre producers, bringing live entertainment events to a global audience of more than 20 million people a year in more than 50 countries.  Under the Disney Theatrical Group banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway productions around the world, including BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; THE LION KING; Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA; TARZAN®; MARY POPPINS, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh; THE LITTLE MERMAID; PETER AND THE STARCATCHER; NEWSIES; ALADDIN; and FROZEN.  Other successful stage musical ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, stage productions of DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, DER GLӦCKNER VON NOTRE DAME in Berlin, and KING DAVID in concert.  DTG has collaborated with the nation’s preeminent theatres to develop new stage titles including THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, FREAK FRIDAY and HERCULES.  As a part of the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, DTP also heads the Buena Vista Theatrical banner which licenses Fox titles for stage adaptations including ANASTASIA; MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL; MRS. DOUBTFIRE and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

Disney Theatrical Group also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of DISNEY ON ICE and MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!, bringing beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide.  In addition, DTG licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International, including THE LION KING Experience, a unique holistic arts education program wherein accredited elementary and middle schools produce condensed, age-appropriate JR. and KIDS adaptations of THE LION KING.

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