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click to enlarge The cast of Newsies

The cast of Newsies

Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2017
Price: $50-$60
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre has succeeded lately by rethinking as well as reviving classic shows. The company's Man of La Mancha was surprisingly dark, its How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying unexpectedly feminist. This mounting of Newsies looks at first like it might do something similar: I was struck by how director-choreographer Alex Sanchez and his lead, Patrick Rooney, found the quiet wistfulness in the opening song—struck enough to wonder whether Sanchez might use Marriott's in-the-round stage to bring the Disney blockbuster about an 1899 labor strike down to human size. But soon enough Sanchez falls into the trap of trying to approximate effects he can't reproduce. Though he gets strong singing, entertaining performances, and some great gymnastic dancing out of his cast, the big, beautiful Broadway version has all that and more. Lacking a new approach, the show can't help but pale by comparison. —Tony Adler



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