girl newsies

we will never be satisfied - bad-ass broadway feminists who have empowered women and changed the face of musical theatre

the schuyler sisters - hamilton // i can do better than that - the last five years // it won’t be long now - in the heights // right hand man - something rotten! // watch what happens - newsies // all to pieces - violet // ring of keys - fun home // on the steps of the palace - into the woods // naughty - matilda // everything’s coming up roses - gypsy // take me or leave me - rent // don’t rain on my parade - funny girl // colored woman - memphis // lot’s wife - caroline, or change // bring it on - bring it on: the musical // before it’s over - dogfight // astonishing - little women // shall i tell you what i think of you - the king and i // get out and stay out - 9 to 5 // satisfied - hamilton // defying gravity - wicked // so much better - legally blonde //

L I S T E N

I think “I cried at the (reprise)” is the perfect summary of my life.

My designs for the Girlsies!

Margaret “Mitts” O’Reilly is the eldest of the group at seventeen. She’s not the brightest of sparks, but she’s extremely strong, can always hold her own in a fight even against the boys, and, as her name suggests, a star baseball player. Her single mother is unable to support her so Mitts stays in the boarding-house and pays her own way, but she visits her mom occasionally and they’re on good terms.
Clara “Birdie” Wu is sixteen. She’s a bit of a flirt with boys and girls both, and loves singing, hence the nickname. When she was younger she dreamed of becoming a music-hall star, but her parents died a few years ago of cholera and, rather than be sent to an orphanage, she ran away with her little sister and started selling papes.
Susan “Poet” Taylor is also sixteen, and though she is short for her age, she’s as scrappy as they come. But her defining characteristic is her way with words. She’s very fond of giving long speeches and writing comic stories and poems which are sometimes quite rude! Like Mitts, she drops in on her parents occasionally, but never stays long as they always make it clear they have enough children to support without her.
Aggie “Skate” Wójcik is thirteen. She’s constantly giggling, moons over boys and finds it difficult to concentrate on serious matters. She always sells with Dodger because if she went out on her own she’d get distracted and be unable to get anything done. Her parents and older brothers were deported when she was a child, but like Clara she ran away to avoid being institutionalised.
Francesca “Dodger” Bianchi is eleven and one of the most successful Newsies in the group. She knows every selling tactic in the book, and is not above lying, faking injuries, blackmail or downright begging to get all her papes sold by the end of the day. She doesn’t care to live with her father, who’s a drunk, or her mother, who regularly works triple shifts, so she stays with the other girls in the boarding-house.
Edna “Pipsqueak” Wu is nearly eight, cute as a button, has a pronounced lisp and is blind in one eye which of course makes her the ideal Newsie. She sells with her sister (“buy a pape from a poor orphan goil, miss?”) but is the only one of the girls who is entirely unsatisfied with the Newsie life. Birdie says she’ll grow into it but that doesn’t stop her whining constantly about how she wants Mama and she wants Baba and when can they go home –

so when are we gonna make that female production of newsies happen…

i can provide my complete lack of acting, singing, and dancing abilities 

I may just have to write a book about the crazy adventures I’ve had as a theatre kid

Including but not limited to:


*Accidentally running into Audra McDonald on New Year’s Eve

*Sharing an umbrella with Jonathan Groff

*Ending up at the same Air BnB as the bassist for Newsies on Tour

*The Wizard from Wicked on Tour giving me a ride in his rental car

*Running into the physical therapist for Newsies on Tour at Starbucks

*My five second conversation with Lea Salonga

*Almost colliding with Andy Mientus before a performance of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening


You cannot make this stuff up!

Like who would actually buy/read a book if I wrote one?

I love that post about Sarah Jacobs being in the musical and coming in before Once and For All, but I also propose, Sarah coming in originally in the paper selling scene before That’s Rich. Maybe have Jack try one of his selling strategies on her? Or even better have Jack push Davey to sell to her. C’mon that is comedy gold. 

  • Jack: Girls are so hot.
  • Jack: Guys are so hot too, oh man.
  • Jack: Why is everyone so hot?
  • Davey: Global warming.