Newsies (Disney's)

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.

  • Built: 2017

  • Movement: Actor Motivated

  • Offstage space: Minimal

  • Number of Trucks: 2-53' Trailers *

  • Line sets used: ~17 (8 for hard scenery)

  • Groundrow: Yes

  • 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.

  • Built: 2017

  • Supported cast: 75

  • Shipping: 3 Hampers

  • Alterations: Some

  • Principal size range: Small to X-Large

  • # Ensemble Bottoms: Newsies 65+

  • # Ensemble Tops: Newsies 65+

  • Shoes: None

  • Wigs: None


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.

  • Built: 2017

  • 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.

  • Built: 2017

  • # of drops: 1 + (Stock Scrim if available)

  • Types of goods: Semi-Translucent Muslin

  • Size range: 54'x26'

  • Shipping: 2- hampers

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