Featuring a score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act: The Musical) and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is based on the popular 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale about a group of newsboys who take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon. Based on the true events of 1899, the musical tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. This rousing tale at The Media Theatre is about fighting for what's right -- and staying true to who you are.
A young beggar is beaten by the palace guards for standing too close to the palace gate. The Prince witnesses this, stops the guards and invites Tom into the palace for food. As they get to know each other, they're surprised to find that they look alike and share the same birthday. This leads to a daring plan. The young boys are eager to experience how the other lives, and decide to switch places temporarily. During the switch, King Henry VIII of England dies and the court prepares to crown a beggar boy as the country's new king. Mark Twain's classic tale of mistaken identity is full of wild adventures for both boys as they risk all to find out who they are, what they are worth, and what friendship really is.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as "Pure Genie-Us," Aladdin features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!).