“Newsies” is bold, defiant at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre

Newsies kicks off Paramount Theatre’s ninth season with the Disney telling of the true story of the newsboys’ strike of 1899.

As Disney goes, the story is touching and sweet. As Paramount Artistic Director and Newsies Director Jim Corti goes, the Paramount production is bold and defiant.

Corti isn’t afraid to add zest to a show, and Newsies gives us just the right amount with an outspoken Jack, played by Alex Prakken, and a determined Katherine, played by Justine Cameron.

Choreography by Joshua Blake Carter especially stands out in Paramount’s Newsies with every jump and swing giving the story extra oomph. Nods go to dance caption Christopher John Kelley and fight captain Joe Capstick.

As has now become Paramount tradition, the set and costume design are outstanding and become a large part of the performance. Katherine’s perfect button down shirt and flawless floor-length skirt with the addition of a tie could receive its own standing ovation.

The story nicely focuses on friendship and gives a powerful message of banning together to achieve greatness.

As Corti mentions, Newsies speaks to current events. But even more so, it inspires, and is a reminder that we’re greater as a whole.

Newsies runs through October 20 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. Performances are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Single tickets are $36 to $74.

Paramount now offers live, real-time ASL interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing at one performance of each Broadway Series production.

Newsies will be presented with live ASL interpretation on Friday, October 18 at 8 p.m. Patrons can purchase $30 tickets with special seating for this performance with the code ASLPARAMOUNT. Or, ask the box office about a $90 subscription package to all four ASL interpreted Broadway Series performances during the 2019-20 season.

For tickets, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Newsies is suggested for ages 8 and up due to some adult language and mild violence.