For years, I would debate anyone that Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” was the greatest musical ever written and performed. That was until I saw “The Book of Mormon” shortly after it opened. I was totally engulfed in the humor, the lyrics, and the innocence of the characters.
This past weekend I revisited New York’s finest newsboys. “Newsies” is indeed the King of New York. The chemistry this cast has is unprecedented. The talent this cast has is extraordinary. This musical is … well, there is nothing else quite like it. It is by far the greatest musical. The debate is now on!!!
Corey Cott as Jack Kelly owns the city, owns the theatre, and owned the heart of every member of this sold-out audience. Ben Frankhauser as Davey is the strength behind the cause. Torn between his family loyalty, and knowing that what the newsboys must do, his struggles rivet throughout. Andy Richardson as Crutchie captures the passion that makes one root for these guys. His handicap is no handicap for what faces him. His fortitude is contagious. His performance deserves recognition from Broadway’s elite community. This “Trio of Talent” is worth seeing time and time and time again.
I immediate fell in love with LaVon Fisher-Wilson, Medda Larkin, and her sensual manipulations. Her protective nature of Jack and the boys catches those who frequent her establishment off guard. She nailed a gorgeous performance through and through.
Lyrically, this production is breathless. Choreographically, I’ve seen nothing quite like it. The height of the leaps, the stunts, the synchronization, the tap routine … I can go on and on. Several dance numbers ended in some of the longest applause and “hoorays” one would expect at a come-from-behind sporting victory. This production is unstoppable. Musically, the score kept me humming and singing for days. “Seize the Day” is my new anthem.
On a personal note, this cast is some of the nicest, most genuine folks I have met. Not only did they take time after the show to make each fan feel appreciated, but on Sunday I worked across these guys at the Broadway Flea Market. Their commitment to a better New York and a better tomorrow resonates throughout.
“Newsies,” the cast and crew, are indeed the “Kings of New York.”