“Newsies — The Musical” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paradise Theatre, performed upstairs at the Dragonfly Cinema, 820 Bay St. in Port Orchard. (Paradise Theatre image)

“Newsies — The Musical” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paradise Theatre, performed upstairs at the Dragonfly Cinema, 820 Bay St. in Port Orchard. (Paradise Theatre image)

‘Newsies — The Musical’ debuts upstairs at Dragonfly

Musical is a production of the Paradise Theatre

PORT ORCHARD — “Newsies — The Musical,” a theatrical production based on the 1992 Disney motion picture and inspired by a true story, will debut Friday night at the Dragonfly Theater’s upstairs stage.

The musical is a production of the Paradise Theatre, formerly based in Gig Harbor.

“Newsies — The Musical” will open at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, with two performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The production will run through July 6.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for military and seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students. The two-hour musical will consist of two acts and one intermission. Children younger than 2 will not be admitted.

The production was a Disney film that was turned into a Tony-winning Broadway hit. Set in turn-of-the-20th century New York City, the “Newsies” plot centers on the story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies” who sell copies of newspapers.

According to a synopsis from the Paradise Theatre, “When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right.”

The play features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (“Little Shop of Horrors” and “Sister Act”) and Jack Feldman.

Michael Drake as Jack Kelly and Leah Harlander as Crutchie star in the production at the Dragonfly.

The Paradise Theatre at the Dragonfly has another production in the works — “Mamma Mia!” — set to run Aug. 2-24.

Paradise Theatre’s website is www.paradisetheatre.org. The phone number is 253-851-PLAY.

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