NEWSIES: Movie Review

MEDDA: When you go somewhere and it turns out not to be the right place, you can always go somewhere else. But when you’re running away, nowhere’s ever the right place.”

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Disney’s NEWSIES- The Broadway Musical captures the hearts of its audience as the narrative tackles the life of the newsies during the 1890’s in connection to the complex world of journalism. The relationship of the newspaper publishers and newsies have been very dynamic as the tension increases scene after scene through the song and dance set.

The story also includes the struggles of Katherine, the female protagonist, as she defies the norm as a female journalist. She proves that a woman can also have a career and can write news stories which may be relevant and fearless at that time. No one can actually stop her from pursuing her passion and from helping the newsies to publish their cry for justice.

Besides these two major themes, Jack Kelly really captures the heart and soul of the viewers. His character proves that no matter how difficult life can be, if you believe in something, and you have a good support system, then life will give you back the just compromise that you deserve. Even though Jack confronts the challenges brought about by poverty, he and his friends still inject the power of humor-making hard and low moments, light.

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The fusion of theater and cinema makes the story more compelling. The reaction from the live audience adds life to every scene, while the film captures the emotions of the characters especially through the close-up shots.

The idea of capturing a theater musical through film gives an equal chance to all people worldwide to experience Disney’s magic and the quality of a Broadway musical at the comfort of the cinemas near them. This makes the concept of art reachable to the public and the message of this stories alive to everyone no matter where they are in the world.

Speak, Fight, and Win:  Catch Disney’s Newsies– The Broadway Musical is Coming to Cinemas Near You!

 

Have you felt that your voice is not so important that no one actually listens to you?

In this technological-driven world where people are preoccupied with the Internet, work, academic pressure, or daily obligations, making your voice be heard seems so challenging, or even difficult. Can someone listen to any claim of injustice? Can someone be brave enough to stand up and fight for their rights?

Even though the there is an existence of socio-political differences today, fighting for what you deserve is indeed possible!

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Take the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899 as a particular example, the Newsies or the children who sold newspapers on the streets, fought for a fair price for newspapers. They challenged two newspaper titans, Joseph Pulitzer of The World and William Randolph Hearst of The Journal to treat them as legitimate members of the newspaper business because these publishers refused to lower the price-per-paper that the newsies had to pay back.

Did they reach a compromise?

Revisit the history and find out how this story unfolds!

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Based on the book Children of the City by David Nasaw, follow the story of Jack Kelly played by Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl, The Last Five Years) as he dreams of a better life far from all the hardships that they experience as Newsies.

Be enthralled in an explosion of song and dance set!

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Original Company, North American Tour of Disney’s NEWSIES. Copyright: Disney Photo by: Deen van Meer

Seize the day! NEWSIES The Broadway Musical is coming to cinemas this Sunday, February 19!

 

Click this link and book your tickets now: http://www.newsiesthemusical.com/

Dramarasmus: Transit

I’ve just watched my first ever play in German language.

Transit is a one and a half hour play presented by Dramarasmus, which is a theater project for international and local students. It is interesting to see different actors from all around the globe share their passion on one stage, speak their own language, and also, act in German. I definitely understand that it is really hard to erase the accent and I commend most of the actors for speaking clearly. Since I think most of them are not native speakers, it helps that most of the time they speak slowly. As an effect, a non-native audience like me  can really follow and somehow grasp the story.  I also love that there are some movements in between. This serves as a good transition from one play to the other. The last part is really powerful when the actors spoke German and their own native language alternately.

However, here are some points for improvement:

Acting

When it comes to acting, I personally look for the “truth.” This means that every movement that an actor does on stage should be justified and through characterization, it would be easy for an actor to differentiate the roles that he or she plays. Voice can also be used as a tool to further deepen the character so it is really a must to project one’s voice well.

If a wife removes her wedding ring in front of her husband, will she feel pain or relief? Does she feel regret or freedom?

If someone points a gun at you, what will be your expression? Will you be brave to face death or afraid that you just want to run away?

If you are a mother and wife who has some issues with your husband and there’s a chance to talk to him again, what will you feel? Do you still love him or you just want to lie?

When I watch a play, I always want to connect to the story through the actors’ acting. I want to forget that I am not in the theater, but I am with the character on his or her journey.

I think Jonas Lunte, Aleksandar Zekic, and Ana Brinzila really did a great performance.

Technicals

I think, it would be great to play a background sound or music to establish the location of the scene while it is still dark and the actors are still preparing.  This will also help the audience to better understand the scene.

I really love theater and this experience really brings a lot of memories to me. Congratulations to the whole team in Dramarasmus and maybe next time practice the curtain call 🙂 You deserve all the applause for all your hard work 🙂

If you are all in Marburg, Transit will still have shows in Wagonhalle on February 1 and 2 at 8 pm.