Newsies [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Newsies [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Alan Menken

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…  See more details below


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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Walt Disney Records

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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   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   Background Vocals
Michael a Goorjian   Vocals,Ensemble
Dana Green   Vocals
Gregg Hammond   Vocals
Jo Ann Harris   Vocals
David Isaacs   Background Vocals
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Aaron Lohr   Vocals,Ensemble
Lowe   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   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   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
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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Newsies 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music is wonderful. Even if you've never seen the movie or ever heard the music, you'll fall in love with it when you first hear it. This is music at its best!!! You can't help but love this music! Absolutely awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time i saw Newsies i loved it and you will too. The music is wonderful and it brings more life to the action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this movie in middle school, and I've probably seen it 300 times since then. The music is wonderful, the choreography is amazing, and Christian Bale is incredible. Both the movie and the soundtrack should be in everyone's home collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this movie and music since the first time i saw and heard it. Im a student in high school and i have had to do two music groups try outs and both times I sang Santa Fe and Seize the Day. My friends and I spend time just singing through the musical. I wrote this just to show that the musical Newsies isn't just adored by adults but by teens too. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in 8th grade and I have seen Newsies multiple times and it is better every time I see it. I don't have the soundtrack, but I look every time I am @ the store. I don't really need the soundtrack though, I can just sing the songs whenever I want since I already know them all :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first watched ''Newsies'' when my best friend kept singing the songs and annoying me until i watched it myself. i wished i hadn't waited so long! this is the absolute best soundtrack, you can listen to it all day long and never get sick of it. the tunes and really fun and great to sing along to. you won't have any regrets once you hear this music. it's a masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing!! I am really excited that they rereleased the cd! This is a great cd and a wonderful musical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this movie and its music forever and will continue to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even thought the plot is a little hard to swallow(with the neat and tidy boys) the movie is a lot of fun to watch and sing along to. So much so that the soundtrack is a great companion. It also helps to have cutie-pie actors like Christian Bale and Gabriel Damon in the movie!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I also only watched it because my friends all said how good it was. Its not good, ITS GREAT. I love it. The songs are constantly stuck in my head. Buy the soundtrack, its worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot explain how wonderful the music from the Newsies is. The movie, the music, and the actors are all incredible and it just brings joy to hear such good music today. I cannot recommend it enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT Soundtrack! Really captures the movie. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My best friend and I have loved this movie for about 3 years! I first saw it in grade school, but we went back to it in high school! The music and mentality of the characters is a real energy booster!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the movie and the soundtrack. i have the soundtrack on tape but have listened to it so many times its become warped. this is a great film with a great soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and the soundtrack makes it even better. The energy and enthusiasum that is in all of the songs really draws you in, and keeps you. I thought the actors all portrayed their characters amazingly well, especially Christian Bale. He blew the others away in this outstanding performance. Great movie, and even better soundtrack! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie AND soundtrack in the entire world! I always sing Carrying The Banner at school! I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best music ever and so is the movie!!!! Should listen to it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Newsies reflects every persons desire to dream! It has uplifting songs, awesome choreography, and a wonderful cast. You can listen to this over and over again and never get tired of it. This musical deserves more credit and should be put in theatres all over again! After the first time you see it, you will be addicted and forever be a Newsies Fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Newsies is the best movie I have ever seen and the soundtrack is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love the 'Newsies'. It has and will always be my favorite movie in the world. Call me crazy but i think it is amazing! The singing and the dancing is fantastic! The guys aren't too bad looking either. Jack Kelly - all i got to say is ''Wow!''
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey y'all if you haven't ever seen this movie or heard the music, you're the one who's missing out. The guys are hot, the music is great, and the story line is wonderful. It is one of the great disney feel good movies. And though i am one person listen, cause (movie quote) ''sometimes all it takes is a voice; one that becomes one hundred, then one thousand... unless it's silenced.'' Plus ''WE BEAT 'EM!'' We whined so much they re-released it on vhs and dvd. GO GET IT! RUN! There IS a ''fire inside us that won't stop burning''. so get it while it's here. it is one of the top five soundtracks i've ever heard!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw the movie in my chorus class at school. I was awestruck, this is a great musical! i was so surprised that the critics gave it bad reviews cause this musical has it all! Great choreography, action, comedy, drama, this is a great movie for everyone! The soundtrack has to be the best part though ,the music is absolutly inspirational!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These stars light up the screen! Whether you're a kid, or an adult, girl, or boy, you'll enjoy it just the same. Especially since the events of September 11, they really bring out the strengths and wonders of New York City. This movie shows that together, even newsboys can challenge the most powerful people. So watch the movie, listen to the soundtrack, and find out how these newsboys from New York let the powerful, along with the rest of the world, know that children have rights, and the power to defend them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've only watched the movie twice so far, and each time i couldn't wait to watch it again, but i've listened to the soundtrack countless times!!!!!! the songs are great! THIS IS AN AWESOME MOVIE!!! the music, the choreographed dances, the SONGS, it was the best movie i have ever watched. i would seriously give it atleast TEN stars if i could.