What it’s about: Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” which began when newspaper publishers raised the price for newsies.
Dan Deluca plays Jack Kelly, a street-smart kid who encourages the newsies to revolt after newspaper icon Joseph Pulitzer (Steve Blanchard) raises the price per paper for newsies. Kelly is smitten over a girl named Katherine (Stephanie Styles) who helps him get the newsies message across.
What parents will like: There’s plenty of real-life history and nostalgia in the production. While the plot and some songs are taken from the 1992 film, the theatrical presentation has more depth and emotion than the movie version. Deluca and Styles have great chemistry and shine during their duets.
What kids will like: From the start, it’s evident why this musical won the 2012 Tony Award for best choreography. Children 10 and older will get a kick out of the show-stopping dance moves. The younger children will also identify with little brother Les (played interchangeably by Vincent Crocilla and Anthony Rosenthal) who gets the best lines of the show.
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Good to know: There are two acts with a 15-minute intermission. The show runs more than two hours so you might want to book a matinee show for younger kids.
Maricar Estrella, 817-390-7720
▪ Through May 10
▪ Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas
▪ 214-880-0202; http://www.attpac.org