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Playbill streams Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical August 21. Part of the Playbill Playback series, the 7 PM ET stream benefits The Actors Fund.

The free stream, presented in arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Disney+, is available for viewing on until 3 AM ET on August 22. The event also includes appearances by Newsies cast members and concludes with a new video, featuring cast members from the Broadway and North American tour productions of the Disney hit.

Captured live at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 2016, Newsies stars Jeremy Jordan, reprising his Tony-nominated performance as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, with Newsies North American tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les.

Newsies has a Tony-winning score with music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. The production features direction by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreography by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work on the show. The entire creative team reunited to bring the musical to audiences across North America.

Newsies was inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers.

Newsies originated as a Disney movie musical in 1992. The stage version introduced seven new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman, including a song written specifically for the tour, “Letter from the Refuge,” while keeping many of the songs from the 1992 film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.”

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Since March 18 The Actors Fund has provided more than $14 million in emergency financial assistance to over 12,000 people who work in performing arts and entertainment. Visit

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