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By: Jaylinn Kelly

Background Info On The Movie

The movie was made in 1992, but the real strike was in 1899. Jack and the Manhattan Newsies are just normal Newsies selling papes. There are Newsies in every city in New York (Queens, Harlem, Brooklyn, Manhattan, etc.). The movie focuses on the Manhattan Newsies, though. Pulitzer and Hearst run the newspapers. Newsies buy the papes for 50 cents per hundred. Pulitzer, being the greedy man he is, decided to raise the cost of papes for the Newsies to make more money. This is bad news for the Newsies because most of them don't have much money. Jack and the Manhattan Newsies decide to go on strike until the cost is lowered. But to get the strike completely going, they must get all the Newsies in New York. They send out messengers to get all the Newsies to join. They finally do. They also got every working boy in New York to join the cause. Jack and David bring their demands to Pulitzer. They win the strike! Teddy Roosevelt then lets all the kids out of the Refugee and takes away Snyder (the person who puts the kids in the Refugee).

Who Plays Who in the Original Broadway Musical?

Jack Kelly - Jeremy Jordan
Joseph Pulitzer - John Dossett
Katherine Plumber - Kara Lindsay
Medda Larkin - Capathia Jenkins
David Jacobs - Ben Frankhouser
Crutchy - Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Les Jacobs - Lewis Grosso Matthew Schechter
Finch - Aaron J. Albano
Don Seitz - Mark Aldrich
Spot Conlon - Tommy Bracco
Wiesel - John E. Brady
Racetrack - Ryan Breslin
Theodore Roosevelt - Kevin Carolan
Morris Delancey - Mike Faist
Oscar Delancey - Brendon Stimson
Mush - Ephraim Sykes
Snyder - Stuart Marland
Specs - Ryan Steele
Romeo - Andy Richardson

My Musical Experience!

On November 15, 2015, I went and saw the Newsies performance in Tampa, FL!!! It was so amazing and a LOT of fun! I saw all of my favorite actors (Zachary Sayle, Jeff Heimbrock, Joey Barreiro, Benjamin Cook, and Sky Flaherty) and THE PERFORMANCE WAS JAW-DROPPING AMAZING! I couldn't have asked for a better show! I have always loved Newsies and this made me love it even more. If you haven't seen the performance live, I suggest you should. I would love to see that show for the rest of my life. Thank you to everyone who participated in the making of the play and a huge thanks to the actors who gave me the most wonderful day of my life! :)

Know your Newsies! Learn all about each one down below!

Spot Conlon (My Favorite Newsie)

Spot Conlon is the leader of the Brooklyn Newsies. He is the most feared Newsie in New York. Spot is 16 years old. In the movie Newises, the Manhattan Newsies try to get Spot to join their strike. They figured that if Spot and the Brooklyn Newsies joined the strike, everyone else will. Spot's most famous quote is "Never fear, Brooklyn's here!" He is often seen carrying around his slingshot and his cane. Spot usually wears his red suspenders, a gray Newsboy cap, and a key around his neck. Spot is usually seen with Jack Kelly, Racetrack Higgins, and Kid Blink.

Kid Blink

Kid Blink got his name because he is missing his left eye. No one knows really how he lost it. His real name is Louis Balatt. Kid Blink is usually called Blink or Kid for short. Blink was not sure about joining the Newsies Strike at first, but then he fully supported it.

Racetrack Higgins

Racetrack is one of the older Newsies. He likes to smoke cigars and gamble. Racetrack's real name is Anthony Higgins. He got his Newsie name by always going down to Sheepshead Bay to bet on the races. Race's closet friends are Kid Blink, Spot Conlon, and Mush. Race is also a joker and likes to joke about the Delancey Brothers (especially when they are near.)

Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly is the leader of the Manhattan Newsies. Jack is known for his dream of going to Santa Fe. His Newsie nickname is Cowboy because of his dream. Jack is usually seen wearing a bandana, a cowboy hat, and a lasso (usually used as a belt). His most famous quote is "That's the foist thing ya gotta learn. Headlines don't sell papes, Newsies sell papes." Jack is also the leader of the strike. He is friends with pretty much every Newsie. Jack's real name is Francis Sullivan.


Crutchy is a crippled Newsboy.His most famous line is "Jack, when I walk, does it look like I'm fakin' it?" He is always seen with his crutch. Crutchy wears a bigger gray Newsies cap, a brown vest, and a white t-shirt. Crutchy was captured by the Bulls and taken to the Refugee in the beginning of the movie. In the end, he got out of the Refugee by the president.

Les Jacobs

Les is David's younger brother. He is the smallest Manhattan Newsie at only 9 years old. Les WORSHIPS Jack and wants to become a Newsie just like his hero. Jack partners up with him and uses his cuteness to sell more papes.


Boots got his Newsie name because he he sleeps with his boots! Living in the street, robbers will come and try to steal things from homeless kids. So, Boots got into the habit of sleeping with his boots to make sure no one steals them. Boots might be one of the smaller Newsies, but he is still one of the braver ones. He is not afraid of Brooklyn like the rest of the Newsies. Also, as he states in The World Will Know, he can't stand blood!

David Jacobs

David "Davey" Jacobs is known as "The Walking Mouth". He is the smartest Newsie in the entire Newsboy group. He gave Jack the idea to do a strike. Davey is the brains behind everything smart Jack says and does. He is the older brother to Les and Sarah.

Mush Meyers

Mush Meyers got his name because of how he was very romantic and very "mushy" with girls. Mush hangs out mostly with Racetrack and Kid Blink. Just like Blink, Mush was unsure whether or not to join the strike. Once Mush did, though, he became one of the most supporting members. The real Mush Meyers from the Newsie Strike was known to be pretty smart. Mush's most famous line from the movie is "Did ya hear that guys? I asked Jack how he slept and he said 'On me back Mush!'"


Skittery is the pessimist of the group. He voices his opinion and generally brings every down with his opinions. Skittery is known for wearing his pink long underwear. His closet friends are Racetrack, Kid Blink, Specs, and Dutchy. Skittery's most famous quote from the movie is "Yous got's ya picture in the papes, so what's that get ya, huh?"


Snipeshooter is a smaller Newsie. He likes to steal cigars and smoke them, even though he is only 16. He gets picked on A LOT by his fellow Newsie friends and by the Delancey Brothers. He doesn't have many friends, but Jack and Race are usually pretty nice to him.

Pie Eater

Sorry. I don't know much on Pie Eater. Here's what I do know though. He is a great dancer and he is often recognized by his "WHOO!!" during the movie.

Sarah Jacobs

Sarah is David and Les's sister. She is a very shy girl who likes to do needlework. She is usually at home helping her mother with dinner and chores. She is Jack's crush. They kiss at the end of the movie. In the Broadway musical, she is the daughter of Pulitzer.


Sorry, I don't know much about Snitch either. I do know that he has not gotten out of the habit of sucking his thumb during sleeping, though. ^_^

Pictures! YAY!

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GIFs! Sorry, they are kinda small...

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Awesome Newsie Fanfictions!!!

Disclaimer: None of these fanfictions were written by me. They were all written by other people. Therefore, all credit goes to them. Thank you!

Spot Conlon fanfiction!

Racetrack Higgin's fanfiction!

David Jacobs fanfiction! The author is not done writing this one, so check on it soon if you want to read more!

Kid Blink fanfiction! WARNING: This one is extremely sad, but the ending is awesome!

Jack Kelly fanfiction! The author is not done writing this one, so check on it soon if you want to read more!


*Disclaimer: I do not own any of these videos.*
Newsies: Carrying the Banner
Newsies: King of New York
Newsies: Seize the Day
Newsies - The World Will Know
Santa Fe!
Newsies: Once and For All

Wanna learn how to talk like a Newsie?

1. Always replace vowel-r with an "oi".

Ex. New Yoik, New Joisey, Foist, Hoid

2. Say I'se instead of I

3. Use ain't and double negatives.

4. Insert Newsies slang.

Ex. Soak em' (fight them), Cheese it (get out of there), scabs (person who doesn't follow something), etc.

5. Use me instead of my.

6. Add 's to lots of words.

Ex. You's, I's, Got's, etc.

Watch the movie over and over to get your accent down! Hopefully I will be able to come up with more helpful hints soon!

Newsie Bloopers!!

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Newsies Bloopers (Part One)
Newsie Bloopers (Part Two)
Newsies Bloopers (Part Three)

Newsie Quizzes!

Disclaimer: None of these quizzes were written by me! All credit to authors.

This one is a personality quiz. Please excuse the language. Thanks.

This is a which Newsie is your boyfriend quiz. Don't be judgin' me!!

This is another personality quiz.

This one tests your movie knowledge.

This one tests your knowledge on the quotes of the Newsies.

This is a harder quiz! You really gotta know your Newsies!!

This is another really hard one!

If you happen to get a good score, or just want to share your scores on the quizzes, please leave it in the comments below!!!

Newsies Merchandise

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Disney Newsies Movie Merchandise

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