Newsies [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Newsies [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Alan MenkenAlan Menken


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2001
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050086070770
catalogNumber: 860707
Rank: 4567

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   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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