Music Monday: Santa Fe (Newsies)
Today marks the 25th anniversary of when Newsies made its debut on the big screen. Directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Hocus Pocus and Dirty Dancing) and music by Disney Legend Alan Menken, the movie had mixed reviews back in 1992. Somehow, it found a pretty big fan following with its release on VHS and then DVD. After it was made into a musical production with new songs and a some minor character adjustments, Newsies is now a very popular with several generations and crossing lines with Disney and Broadway fans.
One of the songs that are both in the movie and musical version is, "Santa Fe," which is a sung by the main character, Jack Kelly. It's his "I want" song about his desire to leave New York and go west to somewhere totally different to start a new life adventure. Everyone needs a dream to keep them going from day to day.
Don't forget that this movie is 25 years old. It's still a fun if not surprising to know that it is a very young Christian Bale (Batman Begins and American Hustle) who plays the lead Newsies character of Jack Kelly.
Disney announced today that Newsies: The Broadway Musical will be available on DVD next month. It features Jeremy Jordan who originated Jack Kelly in the Broadway production. There are also another 8 original Broadway cast members in this particular version. It was filmed in front of a live audience at The Pantages in Los Angeles. It is now available for pre-order. Can't wait to see all the extras on the DVD, too.