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NEWSIES -THE BROADWAY MUSICAL why not on Blu-ray? (1 Viewer)

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NEWSIES - the Broadway musical comes to dvd on 23 May in USA. It was filmed live at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. The big question is - 'why isn't it being released on bluray'?
 

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I'm guessing it's being released only on DVD for the same reason the live musicals from NBC and Fox have only been released on DVD despite being broadcast in high definition: the studios involved don't have any faith that a Blu-ray would sell sufficient numbers to warrant its release. *I* think they're wrong, but, of course, I'm prejudiced.
 

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I don't think Disney has ever commercially released any of the tapings of their musicals.
 

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Newsies played as a Fathom Event in theatres for four shows. It would have been at least a 2K presentation, so the source material would have given us a great Blu-ray
 

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Disney seems to always underestimate the popularity of Newsies. When the movie was transformed into a stage musical it was meant to be a touring production only without playing Broadway. The reviews and business at Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey were so good that they decided to bring it to NY where it played a few years. Jeremy Jordan was only supposed to play the lead in NJ. He was contracted to play Clyde Barrow in a Bonnie and Clyde musical. When that show closed early, he was available to open Newsies on Broadway.

I agree Disney is not releasing this on blu ray because they don't believe it will sell. I am guessing the movie version probably didn't sell well on blu ray.
 
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NEWSIES - the Broadway musical comes to dvd on 23 May in USA. It was filmed live at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. The big question is - 'why isn't it being released on bluray'?

Are you sure this is coming out on DVD? I thought Disney was only releasing this as a digital download
 

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Disney seems to always underestimate the popularity of Newsies. When the movie was transformed into a stage musical it was meant to be a touring production only without playing Broadway. The reviews and business at Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey were so good that they decided to bring it to NY where it played a few years. Jeremy Jordan was only supposed to play the lead in NJ. He was contracted to play Clyde Barrow in a Bonnie and Clyde musical. When that show closed early, he was available to open Newsies on Broadway.

I agree Disney is not releasing this on blu ray because they don't believe it will sell. I am guessing the movie version probably didn't sell well on blu ray.
I can tell you that I saw the national tour of Newsies, and it was a glorious entertainment with an intricately fascinating set and superb, high energy dancing from the entire company. The score and choreography won Tonys, and I think perhaps it should have received several others.
 

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