* BillingDisplacement: Played straight then subverted. Initially, Robert Duvall and Ann Margaret were given top billing on the posters and video release covers. Years later, after Creator/ChristianBale became a star as an adult, he received top billing on the UsefulNotes/{{Bluray}} release.
* BoxOfficeBomb: $2 million against a budget of $15 million, no doubt due to the [[AudienceAlienatingPremise odd subject matter]].
* CreatorBacklash: Christian Bale hated working on the film, and swore he'd never do another musical (after he lent a voice to ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', that is).
* TheDanza: David Moscow plays... David Jacobs!
* DawsonCasting: 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.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Originally it was going to be a straight drama, but the studio execs thought that after the success of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' they should take a shot at trying to revive live-action musical films. [[BoxOfficeBomb 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.
* GenreKiller: Of sorts. It was the studio's first live-action musical since ''Film/PetesDragon'', which itself killed the genre 15 years earlier. Unfortunately, this one did even worse, and the genre remained dead for ''another'' 15 years until ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''.
* {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}: Has two weird connections to this movie. Several actors would go on to appear in {{Creator/SNICK}}'s sketch comedy show ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' would parody this movie in one episode as "Garbage Strike: The Musical".
* OldShame: By his own account, Creator/ChristianBale (now [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga 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.