Disney’s new stage version of the 1992 musical film Newsies, which had its world premiere this week at Millburn, N.J.’s Paper Mill Playhouse to generally rave reviews, may be headed to Broadway this spring. EW has confirmed reports that Disney has been approached by several Broadway theater owners about a possible transfer of the production, which is currently slated to run through Oct. 16 at Paper Mill. There are no firm plans as yet, since Disney had only modest ambitions for the show: namely, licensing it for schools and community theater groups.
Though the original film was a box office flop, Newsies developed a cult following on home video thanks to Beauty and the Beast composer Alan Menken’s songs and the early, enthusiastic (and sometimes charmingly off-key) performance of Christian Bale as a turn-of-the-20th-century newsboy leading a strike against New York City newspaper barons. One potential hitch for mounting Newsies on Broadway is that the lead actor playing Bale’s character from the film is already committed to another production. Jeremy Jordan will play Clyde Barrow in the Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie & Clyde, which is scheduled to begin previews Nov. 4 before a Dec. 1 opening.