Alan Menken

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Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, the musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”


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(L-R) Alan with Jack Feldman and Harvey Fierstein.

Alan and Jack Feldman holding their Tony Awards.

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Alan's Thoughts

“You put your work out there, see what comes and move on.” That’s what I always say about not getting attached to results. It’s all about process. I loved the work that we did on the movie of “Newsies”. On the strength of songs like “Carrying the Banner” and “Santa Fe”, Disney moved forward with the film musical. And it went nowhere. I let it go, but somehow, a generation of kids remained attached to it. And now over 20 years later, it’s a hit on Broadway and it’s earned me a Tony Award for Best Score. Go figure…