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'Get Up and Go' behind the scenes of 'Disney's Newsies'
'Get Up and Go' behind the scenes of 'Disney's Newsies'

ATLANTA -- Disney’s NEWSIES took center stage on the award-winning morning show "The Balancing Act" on the Lifetime Channel on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 a.m.

Viewers had the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the production, as part of the Broadway Balances America series. This show will re-air on Nov. 13 at 7 a.m. on Lifetime. Tickets for Disney’s NEWSIES at the Fox Theatre are available by visiting foxtheatre.org/newsies, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre box office (660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta).

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is inspired by the real life newsboy strike of 1899 and is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies “newsies” from across the city to strike for what’s right.

“Balancing Act” correspondent Amber Milt travels to New York and takes viewers behind-the-scenes of NEWSIES with the show’s Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli and some of the cast members from the smash hit Broadway musical to find out what it takes to be a “newsie” on stage. She also learns the show’s iconic “newspaper dance” from the thrilling Act I closer “Seize the Day.”

Amber also casts a spotlight on “Get Up and Go,” the new Disney wellness and fitness national initiative, which promotes fun ways for kids to lead healthier lifestyles inspired through the show’s Tony Award-winning choreography and music.  The “Get Up and Go” program is brought to schools across the country to show students how they can be physically active through dance.  Featuring a special welcome message from First Lady Michelle Obama, a special online video has been created for schools, teachers and students to use as a tool to learn the “newspaper dance.”

In addition to interviews with choreographer Christopher Gattelli and some of the show’s “newsies,” Amber heard from Liana Hunt, the actress who played “Katherine” in the Broadway production, regarding the importance of balancing personal life, nutrition and health with a busy performance schedule on Broadway and on the road.