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Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit Paperback – February 4, 2014

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About the Author

Ken Cerniglia is dramaturg and literary manager for Disney Theatrical Group, where over the past decade he has helped develop more than forty Disney shows for productions on professional, amateur, and school stages around the globe. He holds a Ph.D. in theater history and criticism from the University of Washington and has published articles and chapters on theater in a variety of journals and books. He previously editedPeter and the Starcatcher: The Annotated Script of the Broadway Playfor Disney Editions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; annotated edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484704517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484704516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Mulet-marquis on March 24, 2014
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A must-read for very fansie out there.
Filled with numerous stories and photos around this wonderful show.
If you like the show, don't hesitate to buy this book.
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In 1992, the Disney Studios released a live action musical film that quickly totally flopped. That film was called Newsies, the story of the newspaper boys’ strike in New York City in 1899. But the film, nevertheless, was released on videotape, and it became a phenomenon. Kids, mostly, watched the tape over and over, and a cult following developed. These Newsies lovers became known as Fansies. Years passed, and Fansies were continually clamoring for a stage version of Newsies so they could perform their beloved work. Disney finally heard the call and decided to develop a version that could be performed by amateur and regional theaters. But along the way, the stage version of Newsies took on a life all its own, and, like the film, it became unstoppable. Editor Ken Cerniglia, in Newsies—Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit, has put together an utterly charming, incredibly thought-provoking, wildly instructive, and thoroughly flag-waving book. From the first stories of the history of the newsboys’ strike to the last pages of reflections by cast members and others involved with the Broadway show, Cerniglia has created a book that can’t be put down. This is a fantastic chronicle of a Broadway show from start to finish, from seed to tree, from flop movie to mega stage hit. It instructs its readers in the process of designing, staging, choreographing, lighting, and costuming a hit musical. It inspires aspiring hopefuls as they make their journey to theater professionals. This is, without a doubt, the best book of its kind I’ve ever read, and I tend to pick up any book I see that analyzes a hit show (or a flop, for that matter.) This book is a must have for Fansies. But it is also a book that all theater aficionados should own, should read, should cherish.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H. Kuykendall on August 1, 2014
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A good read for someone who cannot get to NYC to see the production. As this has always been a film favorite I was anxious to see it come to the stage.
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By MLM on October 16, 2014
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This book is amazing and the story of Newsies journey to Broadway is truly amazing. If you love live theater, and especially if you love Newsies, this book will make you smile and cry and feel inspired to make your own dreams come true. Newsies forever! Fansies forever!
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If you're interested in musical theatre on Broadway, you should buy this book. It's educational and a great read. Ken Cerniglia is my absolute favorite author. Better than Flaubert or Tolstoy. Buy this book!!!!
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