The snack of the movie of the show of the film of true events. Read all about it! Celebrating the cinematic release of Newsies.
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A musical based on a child-labour industrial dispute seems like an unlikely subject for a Disney live action film, but Newsies was released in 1992, based on the newsboys’ strike of 1899, with music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, Tangled and so many of the “great” modern Disney animations). The film tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.
Starring former child-star and future Batman, Christian Bale as Jack Kelly and Robert Duvall as Jo Pulitzer, the film was a critical and commercial flop, even winning a Worst Song Golden Raspberry in 1993 for High Times, Hard Times (and nominations in several other categories). The film has, however acquired a cult following on home video in the intervening years.
The musical found a new lease of life when Disney converted it into a stage show, innovatively titled Newsies, The Musical, adding additional songs and tweaking the plot. Following a brief, but positively received, season in New Jersey in 2011, the show opened on for a two year run Broadway in March 2012, starring Jeremy Jordan (who has gone on to success in TV projects such as Smash and Supergirl).
The production has been touring ever since and, in July 2016, was filmed, with some of the original Broadway cast reprising their roles (including Jordan). This film version was released in February 2017 to coincide with this blog post (not the other way around, you understand).
Help us celebrate the release of the film of the stage show of the musical film of the… (wait, where was I?) with… muesli cereal bars, or Newslies as we like to call them. (To give credit where credit’s due, my wife made these for the kids, having adapted the recipe from one supplied by a local attraction park, Odds Farm. I’m just the picture and pun monkey on this one!)
Gently melt some butter in a pan with sugar and honey until the sugar has dissolved.
Stir in rolled oats, sunflower seeds, dessicated coconut, ground cinnamon and finely chopped dried apricots. Press the mixture into a lined baking tin and bake in a preheated oven until firm to touch (test at 15mins, no longer than 30mins). Sprinkle over the chocolate and return to the oven for 5 minutes. When cool, slice into bars!
Enjoy with a freshly (and ethically) delivered newspaper.
- 125g butter
- 55g brown sugar
- 2½ tbs honey
- 135g rolled oats
- 40g sunflower seeds
- 30g dessicated coconut
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 75g finely chopped dried apricots
- 2 tbs dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Gently melt the butter in a pan with the sugar and honey until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the rest of the ingredients except for the chocolate. Press the mixture into a lined baking tin and bake into firm to touch (test at 20 mins, no longer than 30 mins).
- Sprinkle over the chocolate and return to the oven for 5 minutes. When cool, slice into bars!