Disney’s ‘Newsies The Musical’ is a good see
Growing up in St. Louis, every time I would ride downtown with my dad to his office, there was a newspaper boy — known as a “newsies” — at each traffic light, fearlessly zigging and zagging between the stopped cars to sell the morning issue of the “Globe-Democrat.” On the ride home, the same intersections would have other boys hawking the evening “Post-Dispatch.”
Motorists would roll down the driver’s-side window and the transaction would occur: coins for news. A driver dare not offer the newsboy a bill, because the fast-moving newsies, having no time to make change, would simply grab the bill with one hand, exchange the newspaper with the other, and be gone to the next outstretched hand. Busy intersections sometimes had two newsies, each selling to two directions depending on the red light.
“Read all about it,” they’d yell, prefaced by whatever should be read about, such as “Ike elected. Read all about it,” or “Musial homers twice. Read all about it.”
There have been 11 U.S. Presidents since Eisenhower, Stan Musial retired in 1963 and died six years ago, and every large city that supported two daily newspapers now has just one.
But the newsboys (and girls) have returned, dancing and singing all about it in the Plaza Theatre Company’s eye-popping production of Disney’s “Newsies, The Musical” playing through March 2 at the Plaza Theatre Company at Dudley Hall in Cleburne.