Trivia: Newsies

  • Billing Displacement: Played straight then subverted. Initially, Robert Duvall and Ann Margaret were given top billing on the posters and video release covers. Years later, after Christian Bale became a star as an adult, he received top billing on the Blu Ray release.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $15 million. Gross, $2 million.
  • Creator Backlash: Christian Bale hated working on the film, and swore he'd never do another musical.
  • The Danza: David Moscow plays... David Jacobs!
  • Dawson Casting: Several of the stage cast are considerably older than the ages of their characters. Jeremy Jordan and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who respectively played the 17-year-old Jack Kelly and 15-year-old Crutchie in the original Broadway run, are both in their late 20s/early 30s.
  • Executive Meddling: Originally it was going to be a straight drama, but the studio execs thought that after the success of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast they should take a shot at trying to revive live-action musical films. It didn't work out as well as they hoped.
    • Indeed, the trope even applies in the movie itself: the Newsies only go on strike because Pulitzer decided to raise the cost of papers for the Newsies without raising the cost for the consumers.
  • Genre-Killer: Of sorts. It was the studio's first live-action musical since Pete's Dragon, which itself killed the genre 15 years earlier. Unfortunately, this one did even worse, and the genre remained dead for another 15 years until High School Musical,
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Jack Kelly is Batman. Joseph Pulitzer is Tom Hagan. And the King of New York later becomes president.
    • You mean, Batman is Jack Kelly. This movie predates Batman Begins by 13 years.
    • Also, Nora Walker (Tommy's mom) is a vaudeville actress.
    • And Racetrack is Doogie Howser's best friend.
    • Mush is one of the Bash Brothers.
    • David is 13-year-old Tom Hanks.
    • At least a few people who were around for the late 80s will probably remember the guy who spun on the fan having simulated sex with Paula Abdul onstage at the MTV VMAs...
      • He was also one of the students in Stand and Deliver.
      • And one of the founding cast members of Series/Roundhouse, along with three other alumni from this film (Ivan Dudynsky, David Sidoni, and Mark David).
    • Snyder was not only Anthony Cooper, but . . . Paramedic Roy DeSoto as well!
    • Averted, of a sorts, in one case. Kid Blink is not Stan and Cartman, but a widespread rumor says he is. In fact, it's just another actor named Trey Parker, who is roughly the same age and bears somewhat of a physical resemblance, aided by the floppy hair and eyepatch that obscure his face.
  • Nickelodeon: Has two weird connections to this movie. Several actors would go on to appear in SNICK's sketch comedy show Roundhouse, and Rocko's Modern Life would parody this movie in one episode as "Garbage Strike: The Musical".
  • Old Shame: By his own account, Christian Bale (now Batman!) wasn't too happy with the decision to turn Newsies into a musical.
    • He is at least aware of the film's cult audience, stating that "saying something negative about Newsies means there's an awful lot of people you have to answer to." It's something that would garner more just an embarrassed look than actual outrage (he even once briefly sang the "Santa Fe" refrain during an interview for The Dark Knight Rises), but suffice it to say, he's sworn off musicals.