Disney’s Newsies comes to life onstage within an atmospheric 1899 cityscape, featuring an environment of brownstone building facades framing the central playing area, and enhanced by a series of flown skyline options whose layered appearance offers a variety of perspectives.
Designed by Bruce Brockman, three large welded-steel platforms are featured throughout the show, rolling easily on air casters, with each platform able to support the weight of multiple individuals. The two side towers are 3-story stairwells, constructed in the style of vintage New York fire escapes, which can play together or separately in a variety of configurations. When all three towers are parked in their upstage position, entrances and exits can be made out of the 1st and 2nd-floor windows of the brownstone building facades.
Movement: Actor Motivated
Offstage space: Minimal
Number of Trucks: 2-53' Trailers *
Line sets used: ~17 (8 for hard scenery)
Portals: Three ground supported legs and one flow header.
Load-in crew: 8-10
Load-in time: 8-12 hours
Show crew: ~3-4
Fly crew: 2-3
*See Space requirements for Logistic Requirements
Period costumes by Dixon Reynolds can outfit a large cast (75 were in the Wichita production), including all principal characters and a large array of male and female newsies, including 20 teens and 20 children.
Supported cast: 75
Shipping: 3 Hampers
Principal size range: Small to X-Large
# Ensemble Bottoms: Newsies 65+
# Ensemble Tops: Newsies 65+
Props include a great variety of authentic-looking newspapers, in variously sized stacks; a sturdy wagon for delivering the newspapers; banners and signs for the different boroughs; a rolling cart with Jack’s painting supplies; and an authentic 1850s printing press, which has been adapted to function for the show.
Offstage space: Large
# of road boxes: 1 and Loose pack in scenery
Furniture: Three large office chairs, many danceable chairs, three large tables.
Expendables: Newsies print graphic only
Specialty Items: Moving printing press
Individual items for rent: None
Designed by Bruce Brockman, This semi-translucent drop with city skyline plays with scenic elements to create the incredible depth of field and wonderful time of day when illuminated from both behind and in front.
# of drops: 1 + (Stock Scrim if available)
Types of goods: Semi-Translucent Muslin
Size range: 54'x26'
Shipping: 2- hampers