Newsies

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Newsies is Disney's 1992 return to that rarest form of film, the live-action musical. With original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, the music tells the story of the 1899 New York City newsboy rebellion against newspaper kings William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. The film was dead on arrival and played in some lucky local cinemas for two weeks. This was sad news, considering that it could have been the beginning of a whole new musical generation. The music of Newsies has since gained a following and has a timeless appeal, joining the roots of a great Broadway musical while attempting to fit the songs to their era. Despite the 1990s production, we ...
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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Newsies is Disney's 1992 return to that rarest form of film, the live-action musical. With original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, the music tells the story of the 1899 New York City newsboy rebellion against newspaper kings William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. The film was dead on arrival and played in some lucky local cinemas for two weeks. This was sad news, considering that it could have been the beginning of a whole new musical generation. The music of Newsies has since gained a following and has a timeless appeal, joining the roots of a great Broadway musical while attempting to fit the songs to their era. Despite the 1990s production, we are expected to believe the songs might have been sung by newsboys in the 1890s. We don't, of course -- the songs are too elaborate and pop driven (it is also likely that a newsboy who was more melodic than a hum or whistle would have been put in his place if the newsies are as rough as this film would have us believe). It works as a timeless piece, though, because it is a mixture of then and now -- while the arrangements are cheerfully old-fashioned, you can almost picture Nsync filling in for the vocalists who are comprised of trained singers and actors, including the great Welsh actor Christian Bale (American Psycho). Bale plays Jack Kelly, the leader of the rebellion, and was confident enough to lend his own vocals. It was a smart move, as he brings the ballad "Santa Fe" to stunning highs. It is not the only high on this album, which is charged with circus level excitement throughout. It is astounding that, in a film consumed with grand musical ambition, not one of the songs was selected for an Academy Award nomination. The touching call for justice "Seize the Day," "Carrying the Banner," the Newsie theme, the joyous "High Times, Hard Times," sung by Ann-Margret, the demanding proclamation "The World Will Know," and the absolutely terrific "King of New York" are each worthy of repeated listening. The film itself is worthy of a second chance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2001
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050086070770
  • Catalog Number: 860707
  • Sales rank: 27,763

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Menken Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Richard Greene Fiddle
Richard Green Fiddle
Derek J. Young Background Vocals
Lois Young Vocals, Track Performer
Ann-Margret Vocals, Track Performer
Christian Bale Vocals, Ensemble, Track Performer
John Batdorf Background Vocals
Natalie Beck Vocals
Marty Belafsky Vocals, Ensemble
Larry Bunker Percussion
Amick Byram Background Vocals
Max Casella Vocals, Ensemble
Dee Caspary Vocals, Ensemble
Joseph Conrad Vocals, Ensemble
Patrick Gene Crotty Jr. Background Vocals
Gabriel Damon Vocals, Track Performer
Mark David Vocals, Ensemble
Ivan Dudynsky Vocals, Ensemble
Luke Edward Vocals
Luke Edwards Ensemble, Track Performer
Robert Feeney Vocals, Ensemble
Jack Feldman Lyricon
Matthew Fields Vocals, Ensemble
Michael Fisher Percussion
Kenny Ford Jr. Background Vocals
Michael a Goorjian Vocals, Ensemble
Dana Green Vocals
Gregg Hammond Vocals
Jo Ann Harris Vocals
David Isaacs Background Vocals
Michael Lang Keyboards
Rick Logan Background Vocals
Aaron Lohr Vocals, Ensemble
Lowe Jr. Drums, Vocals
Dominic Lucero Vocals, Ensemble
Dominic Maldonado Vocals, Ensemble
David Moscow Vocals, Ensemble, Track Performer
Bobbi Page Vocals, Background Vocals
Jason Pasol Background Vocals
Marilyn Powell Vocals
Gloria Prosper Vocals
Bill Pullman Vocals, Track Performer
Gary Revel Jr. Background Vocals
Jonathan Ross Vocals
Melody Santangelo Vocals, Track Performer
Sylvia Short Vocals, Track Performer
David Sidoni Vocals, Ensemble
Kevin Stea Vocals, Ensemble
Neil Stubenhaus Bass, Bass Guitar
Maurita Phillips Thornburgh Vocals
Scott Wojahn Background Vocals
Joseph "Jake" Contad Ensemble
Arvie "Boots" Lowe Jr. Ensemble
Trey Parker Vocals, Ensemble
Lisa Young Vocals
Rich Logan Background Vocals
Steven Schaeffer Drums
Daniel Troob Conductor, Voices
Technical Credits
Marty Belafsky Contributor
Bruce Botnick Engineer, Mastering
Jack Feldman Lyricist
Dominic Maldonado Engineer, Contributor
Sue McLean Engineer
Alan Menken Arranger, Composer, Producer
Thomas Pasatieri Orchestration, Score Orchestration
J.A.C. Redford Composer, Producer, Underscoring
Kenny Ortega Executive Producer
Russ Farrell Art Direction
George Ivanyi Art Direction
Daniel Troob Arranger, Orchestration
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Soundtrack from the movie

    If you loved the movie, you will probably love this soundtrack with lots of great songs from the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Musical!

    This was a really good movie. The dancing was so in sync and the songs were catchy! As an added bonus, Kenny Ortega made this movie - as well as High School Musical!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hooray for Newsies!!!

    Wow! Newsies is such a great movie, with fantastic music in it. I first saw Newsies in my Social Studies class in 7th grade (I am now a freshman in highschool), and just had to see it again... and again. The characters/actors do a super job dancing, singing, and of course acting! I highly recommend this movie to everyone, not just little kids, or Disney-lovers like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Newsies: Best Musical Ever!!!

    The first time I saw Newsies was at a musical theatre camp. As soon as I heard "Carrying the Banner" and saw the great choreography, I knew this would be an all time favorite. The songs keep getting stuck in my head, but I don't care because they're so great! I think I've driven my friends crazy from singing them all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    I ran across this movie and FELL IN LOVE! It is a musical that you can't help tapping your feet to and singing along! Share it with your friends and family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE IN THE WORLD! THIS STORY LINE IS REALLY GREAT, AND THE MUSIC IS INCREADIBLE! I AM A HUGE MUSICAL FAN, AND BY FAR THIS MOVIE OUTNUMBERS ALL OF THE OTHER MUSICALS OUT THERE! IT IS A GREAT MOVIE TO WATCH WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY AND IS SHOWS SOME GREAT VIEWS ON SOME BIG ISSUES! I RECOMEND THIS MOVIE TO EVERYONE! I HAVE NEVER LOVED A MOVIE AS MUCH AS I LOVE NEWSIES! NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU WATCH IT AFTER IT ENDS YOU WILL WANT TO WATCH IT AGAIN!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm in love!

    The first time I saw this movie I was probably 11 or 12. Some friends of mine would sing the songs non-stop - I had the words memorized simply by being around them! But when I saw the movie, I hated it! I swore I'd never see it again. But when I was 16 I was curious about it again, so I decided to watch it. I absolutely fell in love with it. I was already in love with Christian Bale from Little Women and the voice of Thomas in Pocahontas. Now here he was singing and dancing... uh! Once I borrowed it from my friends, I watched it twice a day for a week! I just absolutely love this movie. It is one of the best movies ever made!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Newsies is AMAZING

    I loved this movie, my friend and I were having a movie night and she put this movie in and I fell in love, with the actors, music, and dancing! It's amazing, the next day I went and bought the DVD and music! I would recommend this movie to anyone its amazing and the actors are amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent film

    The movie was great-it really intersted me and made me research about NY during the late 1800 and earls 1900s. I really loved it! The actors were wonderful and it Christian Bale has a gorgeous voice for singing for the forst time on stage!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Newsies is a great movie

    Newsies is a terrific movie for the both young and old. Its one that I will enjoy watching for many more years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Newsies is my favorite musical of all time!!!

    Newsies is a fantastic musical! i've watched the movie over a million times! its just so amazing to watch them dance and sing.. they are all soooo talented! i really recomend this movie to anyone! you will definetly enjoy it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Proud Fan of Newsies

    Hi. I'm 12. And I love Newsies! My sister had seen it at school in history, and she loved it, so she bought it! It's amazing, the singing and choreography, all done by amazing actors! And they weren't adults, which makes it even better! I'm only allowed to give it 5 stars, but if I could, I would give it a million!! Not only adults can like musicals, kids can too, though some people don't think it's "cool". Too bad for them, they're missing out on some awesome stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extra, Extra ! Newsies is AMAZING!!!!!!!!

    Newsies is truly one of my favorite musical for all time!!!! The music is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I highly recommend it to anyone; no matter their age or gender!!!!! Watch Newsies!!! You will LOVE it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was blown away!!

    This was an unbelievable movie and I watched it over and over again after seeing it! I have become a Newsie fanatic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Movie to Watch Again and Again!

    I love the music and the movie! I've watched the movie so many times. It a must see movie and it has a soundtrack that you just have to listen to. It combines an upbeat style of the musical movie that takes place in the late 1800's. The movie was amazing. Being a dancer myself, i was amazed at what these guys could do! The choreography was was well done and the actors, dancers, ans singers were incredible! This is a must see, must listen movie that your family will love! I certianly did! ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MUSICAL IS SPECTACULAR AND BRILLIANT

    From the first opening song, they keep you listening, it makes your feet tap, and keeps smiling throughout them all. This is one entertaining musical. it's music at its best. I love this music, everything about it. I loved the movie as well. I GIVE IT MORE THEN 5 STARS IF I COULD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extry Extry! Newsies rocks the WOILD!

    I love this movie and the soundtrack. As much as I love the songs with lyrics on this soundtrack, I also love the instrumentals. I can feel what's happening during the Escape from Snyder... It's great!! Everyone should get this album, it's really a treasure, and It's all sung by the actual kids in the movie! All triple threat actors who sing, dance, and act wonderfully. And Aaron Lohr (Mush) is to DIE FOR. ~Skittles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're the Kings of New York....always!

    I love the movie and the soundtrack is great. I can take the music anywhere. The songs have a catchy beat and the lyrics are great. If you haven't seen the movie, watch it! It is my all time favorite movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST EVER!!!

    I just recently saw the movie for the first time and loved it. A few days later i got it for Christmas and between my sister and I the movie is constantly playing so we know all the songs and the soundtrack is just a way for us to take the Movie with us where ever we go. I give the 5 lus stars 'cause i would give it more but i just can't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Newsies

    I can't decide which one I love more-the movie or the soundtrack! I've been watching the Newsies since I was 6 and I still love every song they sing. They have amazing voices and catchy songs you can listen to over and over agan! =)

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