“When you got a million voices singing, who can hear a lousy whistle blow?”

Okay, so I was going to post a book review, but then my iPod changed my mind. That and it is Friday and it is snowing. Guys, I need to post about something very dear to my heart. I will throw down for this. I will fight anyone who rips on this movie. That is right, I am posting about Newsies which is in no way book related or bookish. It’s just awesome.

Newsies Paper Jack Kelly

The World Will Know!

You see in 1992, God saw the world, and he saw that it was pretty good as is, but that it was missing a little something. He was all, world you are soooo not complete without this bit of gold. So, he was all Kenny Ortega, rally the troops we gonna make a movie about child labor, and make it chock full of win. Let’s get Batman on board, and make him sing and dance. Then Kenny Ortega was all, let’s make 100 teenage boys sing and dance.

Oh, friends, glory be to Disney in the highest. For Disney released Newsies to the world. However, the world was not ready for so much win, for Newsies flopped in the theater.

Carrying The Banner

Carrying The Banner

Cue to eighth grade. Little April was learning all about how kids her age worked in coal mines and lost limbs to bobbins machines. The teachers were overcome with joy, as the students were all leaving for Christmas break and they had selected a movie to ease the afternoon before break. Little April was prepared to put her head down on the desk to enjoy the respite of sleep. Then, alas, the opening strains of, ‘That’s my cigar, you’ll steal another’ caused Little April’s ears to perk up. Oh, sweet, sweet mother of mercy, for once the movie was not a dud. The rest, friends, is history.

Newsies, you have been with me through hook-ups and break-ups. You have been a shining beacon of joy. Although you are not a book, you are worthy of space on my website. You carry the banner of my heart and taught me to open up the gates and seize the day.

Thus, I raise my glass in a toast to Crutchy and Jack Kelly and Spot and Kid Blink who smells money.

Spot, Newsies, Brooklyn, Slingshot, Have No Fear Brooklyn Is Here

'I object your honor.' 'On what grounds?' 'On the grounds of Brooklyn, sir'

I raise my glass to the fight against the mean old William Randolph Hearst.

I raise my glass to music which always puts me in a great mood no matter the situation.

Here’s to you, Newsies.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I agree! Newsies is awesome! We watched it in choir in middle school, but I had already seen it. It was awesome though – the entire choir went around for the next two weeks singing the song.

    Apparently, Christian Bale has said that he regrets doing the movie. I kind of despise him for that…

  2. I absolutely love this movie! I grew up watching it over and over again and crushing on the guys. I could probably still belt the lyrics to all the songs. I need to plan to watch this again sometime soon, for sure. And now that I’m thinking about it, this might be a great end of the year movie to watch with my little babies….

  3. April, you don’t know how much this post means to me. One of my best friends, the one whom I lost in a car crash when she was only 17, was obsessed with this movie. Newsies, The Lost Boys, Toy Soldiers and Strictly Ballroom. I think I saw Newsies way more than the average person when it came out because of her. I thought it was cool because Vinnie from Doogie Howser was in it. Ha! But Erin loved this movie and it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed it. I should watch it again for her.

    thank you. 😉

    • Oh, that’s sad about your friend Erin. However, I am glad I could help bring a happy memory to your mind. It’s very hard losing people we care deeply about. I hope that you do end up watching Newsies again for her.

  4. Hear, hear!! Newsies has been a HUGE part of my life since I was a kid & I don’t know what I would have done without it. No matter my mood or my situation, listening to something like “Seize the Day” or “High Times, Hard Times” makes the world right again. Thanks for sharing your experience & love!!

  5. I LOVE this movie! Now I’m going to have to dig it out and watch it again this weekend. Spot Conlan was my favorite.

  6. I’m not sure whether to weep for joy that others in the blogosphere love this movie as much as I do or burst out laughing at the fact that I’ll have the soundtrack running through my head for the next week!!

  7. Yay! Newsies! LOVE <3
    Young Christian Bale! *fans face*
    My favorite song, I think, is Once and For All. I've seen the movie, like, 3 times. I saw it in eighth grade, too (but that was the second time) It's a masterpiece.

  8. I have never even heard of this movie which surprises me because I am a lover of musicals. Thanks for the rec!

  9. NEWSIES! I put this soundtrack on whenever I need to get pumped up. Sooo good.

  10. Hear, hear! It has been way too long since I’ve seen this movie. Now going to figure out where I can buy and download the soundtrack!

  11. You know I have so much love for this post. Thank you 8th grade for introducing us to this wonderful piece of Disney magic. I think you and I need to get together sometime soon and watch it together. 🙂

  12. Ah I love Newsies! I got this for Christmas and was delighted. 🙂 Plus the music is fantastic.

  13. I loved Newsies when I was in grade school. I think it came out when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade and I was totally in love. I should watch that again soon.

  14. Newsies! Right after seeing the movie, my parents took us to Las Vegas, where we stayed at the Santa Fe hotel, and every time the name came up my brother and I would sing it just like from the movie and it was awesome and my parents were much annoyed.

    Just felt a need to share.

    (I also periodically tell my husband now, “For a dreamer, night’s the only time of day.” And then go to bed.)