Newsies vs. the World: How a War, a Newspaper Rivalry, and a Trolley Strike Sparked the Child Labor Riot That Ended Up on Broadway (Paperback)

Newsies vs. the World: How a War, a Newspaper Rivalry, and a Trolley Strike Sparked the Child Labor Riot That Ended Up on Broadway By Bob McLain (Editor), Ashley Varela Cover Image
By Bob McLain (Editor), Ashley Varela
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From Strike to Show

The newsies' strike of 1899 was the last successful child labor riot of the 19th century, but by the time the history books were scripted and printed, it was little more than a footnote. Newsies vs. The World takes a microscope to the events of the strike and its ongoing legacy in contemporary film and musical theatre. It explores the intense rivalry between publishing tycoons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, from their vicious circulation battle and the invention of "yellow journalism" to their involvement in the Spanish-American War and the ripple effects of that war on New York City's young newspaper hawkers. It also dives headfirst into the skirmishes of the 1899 strike, chronicling the events that inspired the newsboys and newsgirls to band together against Pulitzer and Hearst and detailing the stories of their various riots and rallies.

Not only do readers get the full story of the children's boycott, but they also get the inside scoop on Disney's treatment of the movement. Despite a heartfelt performance from a teenage Christian Bale, the musical talents of Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, and director Kenny Ortega's ability to transform unknown child actors into a polished anthem-belting, tap-dancing company, Newsies (1992) was panned by critics and audiences alike. Driven by a massive cult following in the 1990s and early 2000s, however, its surprising resurgence as a breakout Broadway musical in 2012 took Disney-and the story of the 1899 newsies-to unprecedented heights, not only spawning a successful national tour but netting two Tony Awards as well.

While Newsies (1992) and Newsies the Musical were imperfect and inadequate vehicles to capture such a complex historical moment, their indomitable spirit accomplished exactly what newsboy Kid Blink and the newsies of New York City set out to do: It turned their story into a headline, and in doing so, made the world know the newsies by name.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781683901976
ISBN-10: 1683901975
Publisher: Theme Park Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2019
Pages: 412
Language: English