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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Exactly ''why'' did Disney think families would be interested in a musical period piece that's played mostly for drama?
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The reprise of ''The World Will Know.''
** ''Seize The Day''.
** ''Once And For All''.
** ''King of New York.''
** ''Carrying The Banner.''
* BaseBreaker: The stage adaptation. Plenty of fans of the original movie can and will admit that they consider the stage adaptation to be good, and even better than the source material. Some fans like both equally. But there's a group of fans of the original movie who will get pretty vicious over the stage musical and the amount of love it gets, plenty of them complaining about how nobody likes the movie anymore.
** Sarah and Katherine. Better off to just not talk about them. Sarah is still considered TheScrappy by most of the fandom.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The Broadway version of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMi8pjRg6YY Seize the Day]]'' adds an incredibly touching bridge, defying the usual negative attitudes towards HoldingOutForAHero.
-->''Behold the brave battalion, that stands side by side''
-->''Too few in number, and too proud to hide''
-->''And say to the others, who did not follow through:''
-->'''''[[YouAreNotAlone '...You're still our brothers, and we will fight for you.']]'''''
** Similarly, the stage version of ''Santa Fe'', which is now a duet with Jack and Crutchie, where Jack declares that in a town like Santa Fe, it wouldn't ''matter'' that Crutchie was crippled, folks would just carry him where he needed to go. In fact, the fresh air would probably heal him!
* EarWorm: Itís a Disney musical, after all. ''King Of New York'' is particularly catchy.
** As of the stage musical... ''Something To Believe In'', ''Watch What Happens'', ''Santa Fe'', ''Seize The Day''... As much as the original movie had ear worms, the stage adaptation has even more.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Oy. Okay, rule out every main character. Then every female character. Then everyone over the age of, say twenty-one and under the age of fourteen. That character will have enough {{fangirl}}s to qualify as this.
** Spot Conlon, especially.
** This troper can clearly remember thinking Mush needed to spend FAR more time with his shirt off.
** The age thing is arguable, given that almost half the dancers that have fangirls were over twenty-one. And more than a couple of them were under fourteen. (Dominic Lucero, Brian Friedman, and D.J. Dell'Osa are all particularly well known examples.)
** Kid Blink is quite popular among the fanbase. Just look at that smile.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Is that a young Creator/ChristianBale selling papes?
* HoYay: At the end of the movie, one protagonist gets together with the other protagonist's [[SatelliteLoveInterest barely-there sister]].
** It could have something to do with the blatant sexual tension between the two leads...
** Case in point: after the barely-there girl and David get saved from attackers, watch carefully. Jack gives the girl a perfunctory "You're okay, bro" slap on the back, while he almost caresses David while finding out if he's okay. The HoYay is strong with this one...
** A case can also be made for David and Denton: Denton first goes to David, saying, "You look like the man in charge," when Jack Kelly is the one who just led the big song and dance number. David is the one Denton hands his card to. David seems irrationally angry when Denton is reassigned. And later, how do they know where Denton lives...?
** Let's be real, this is a movie with almost an entire cast made up of young, nubile boys who live, sleep, and shower together (not to mention sing and dance). It's like a perfect storm of homoeroticism. If you took a shot every time something gay happened, you'd be drunk before the end of the opening song.
* {{MST3K Mantra}}: Among (many) other considerations, why do these kids have jobs as unskilled laborers? Look how well they can dance!
* NarmCharm: The movie tried to work Disney magic on atypical subject matter. For some, this results in the subject and tone of the film clashing in a very stupid way. For others, the fact that it's so over-the-top just makes it all the more awesome. Also, it has [[spoiler: TheodoreRoosevelt]].
* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler: The BigDamnHeroes moment courtesy of TheodoreRoosevelt]]. Arguably one of the better scenes.
* RomanticPlotTumor: Setting Sarah aside (see below), the musical's romantic subplot [[{{Understatement}} could use work]].
** For one thing, while we have some CrowningMusicOfAwesome in the musical, with ''Seize the Day'' and ''The World Will Know'', the FinalLoveDuet ''Something to Believe In'' has got to be the worst-written and most generic song of the soundtrack, with such lyrical gems as "We [were] never meant to meet/And then we meet, [[ContrivedCoincidence who knows why]]?" and "I thought I knew what love was/Now I'm learning what is true:/That love will do what it does.".
* TheScrappy: Sarah Jacobs. [[http://queenitsy.com/newsies/fanfic101/basics/glossary.html People have even pointed out that she's the most hated character in the fandom.]]
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Hoo, boy. Aside from all the shipping for the background characters (who have perhaps ten lines between them all, and there's ''thirteen'' of them), there's Spot and Racetrack, who are one of the fandom's three [=OTPs=], and Blink and Mush.
* UnfortunateImplications: To say that Weasel is a bit of a Jewish stereotype is putting it mildly.
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