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01/16/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

January 18 – February 23 / Preview performances Jan. 16 & 17

The Disney musical taking the nation by storm is hitting the Circa ’21 stage! Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th Century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles, as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment.  High-energy with nonstop thrills, it’s no wonder Newsies won Tony awards for Best Score and Best Choreography!


Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse
1828 3rd Ave
Rock Island, IL 61201 United States
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(309) 786-7733