‘Newsies’ has history & heart

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

Morgan Keene (Katherine) and Joey Barreiro (Jack) star in Disney's "Newsies." / Shane Gutierrez

DURHAM — Everyone loves a good musical, especially when that musical happens to be Disney’s Broadway smash-hit “Newsies.” Based off of the Disney movie, which itself is based on true events, the “Newsies” crew is making a stop at the Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Aug. 16-21 during its nationwide tour.
An important and interesting aspect of the show is its educational value.
Morgan Keene, who plays one of the lead characters, “Katherine,” said that “a lot of younger people have never heard of the story, I know I had no clue about it until I joined the tour.”
She expressed her appreciation of the true story, saying “it’s really nice to be able to learn a little bit of history.”
However, don’t think for a second that the show is a boring history lesson. Keene described the show as “very entertaining,” and added that “there’s a real heart to the show.” She also explained a bit of the dynamic between the cast, saying “everybody in the cast in real life really and truly love each other. We’re very close, and I think that shows on stage.”
“Newsies” is a thrilling spectacle that tells the tale of a gang of young orphaned paperboys who rally against the greedy publisher of the paper they sell, the New York World, after the cost of the papers for the paperboys is increased. Morgan’s part “Katherine” comes in here, when she writes an article on the paperboy’s strike after meeting the boys by a chance encounter.
As for Morgan’s experience traveling with the show she said, “there are good and not-so-good things about it. Being a young person specifically, this is my first time out of the house. I’m having to learn how to do a lot of things by myself, so that’s difficult.”
She explained that at 19 years old, she is “able to be around people who are older than her and can help her out.”
Make sure to come out and experience the “heart” of the show next week at DPAC.

Jakob S. Miller is a rising sophomore at Southern Alamance High School, and a Teens & 20s writer.

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