Newsies A stage musical version of the motion picture opened at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse on September 15, 2011. Additional songs were written by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, with the book by Harvey Fierstein. Previews at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway began March 15, 2012, with opening night on March 29. A limited 101-performance run was planned, but it was extended due to the show’s success. The musical will be available for licensing by Music Theatre International. It received eight Tony Award nominations in 2012, including Best Musical, and won for music (composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman) and choreography (Christopher Gattelli). A production was filmed live on stage at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in September 2016, and made available to theaters on February 16, 18, and 22, 2017; this production, distributed by Fathom Events, was directed by Brett Sullivan, and starred Jeremy Jordan (Jack Kelly), Kara Lindsay (Katherine), Ben Fankhauser (Davey), and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Crutchie).