On paper, Disney’s 1992 live-action musical “Newsies” sounds uncannily contemporary: fights for the independence of the press, working-class people pushed to the brink, corporations willing to forego fair practices for the sake of the P&L statement. The film’s subject matter, though, springs from the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899, when an alliance of young newspaper hawkers brought Brooklyn Bridge traffic to a standstill for days in protest of unfair compensation for their work.
In 2011, “Newsies” became a stage musical — one with a notoriously fierce dance book — and that’s the iteration next up at Argenta Community Theater, with choreography from Moriah Patterson, music from Michael Heavner, direction from ACT founder Vincent Insalaco and a cast of local all-stars from the community theater scene: Will Porter, James Norris, Jackson Karl, Caleb Allen, Corbin Pitts (with a new “True Detective” credit on his resume), Annslee Clay and Laura Grimes.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 2 p.m. Sun. through March 9. See argentacommunitytheater.com for tickets.