Live action movie musicals were dead and buried when Disney decided to make one in 1992 (animated musicals, on the other hand, were breaking all kinds of box-office records). It was a bold move, but one that at the time didn’t pay any dividends. Time, however, has been kind to Kenny Ortega’s Newsies. Filled with high spirits and lots of heart and featuring a tuneful score which improves with repeated listens, Newsies is not a perfect movie musical, but it certainly entertains. A film whose cult has grown to such an extent that a stage version eventually was mounted with acclaim and awards recognition, Newsies now has the popularity it was denied at the time of its original release.