I tried to introduce Mason to a new musical last week. While she did not take to it as I had hoped she would, I was still reminded of why I love musicals, especially Newsies.
The music is great. The storyline is interesting and about 70% historically correct. But, in truth, it is the star of the movie that carries it. It is Christian Bale’s second successful movie (after Empire of the Sun), and it’s no wonder why he became a star. It was also the director, Kenny Ortega’s musical debut. (of HSM fame) With these two, how could you go wrong?
Ok, ok… So it’s a bunch of boys singing and dancing. I get why Mason was not drawn to it yet. But give her time. “Cowboy” is no Mary Poppins or Maria or even Gabriella. But I think she’ll see the light one of these days. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the soundtrack (Thanks, A.R.!) I just hope I don’t get caught singing along and dancing in my seat at work!
Side note: Over the summer after 7th grade, I attended Lyceum Drama Camp at Simpson Middle in Leesburg… Our project? Putting on a few scenes from Newsies. I’ve loved it ever since.