Newsies Will Offer Free Lottery Tickets Leading Up to One-Year Anniversary; "GMA" Appearance, Too

By Andrew Gans
March 22, 2013

The Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical Newsies will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Broadway March 29 at the Nederlander Theatre.



To thank the fans of the show, tickets at the Newsies lottery will be free for the eight performances leading up to the anniversary.

Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every performance from the evening of March 23 through the evening of March 29, patrons are invited to enter the lottery for up to two free tickets; winners will be drawn two hours before each performance. Winners must be present with valid identification at the time of the drawing.

In December 2012, Newsies became the Disney production to turn a profit fastest, doing so in just 41 weeks.

On April 1 "Good Morning America" will join the celebration with a special performance of “Carrying The Banner” that will take the "newsies" from the streets of the Nederlander Theatre to a takeover of GMA’s Times Square Studios.

Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the musical is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work.

The Broadway company features Corey Cott as Jack Kelly, John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Lavon Fisher-Wilson as Medda Larkin, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Andy Richardson as Crutchie, and Joshua Colley and Nicholas Lampiasi alternating the role of Les.

"Set in New York City at the turn of the century," Newsies, according to press notes, 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."

The schedule for the special 9-performance week of March 25 will be Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

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Conditions of the free ticket lottery follow:
A limited number of orchestra tickets for performances from the evening performance on March 23 through the evening performance on March 29 will given away free of charge through a lottery.
Entries will be accepted at the Nederlander Theatre box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance for up to two tickets.
Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets free of charge.
Only one entry is allowed per person.
Entries are checked for duplication prior to drawing.
Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets.
Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner.
Offer may not be combined with any other offer. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Dates, times and cast subject to change without notice. Lottery may be ended without notice.