Okay, but from a storyteller’s point of view, let me tell you about
my favorite line in Newsies (of which there are many, seriously, what an
amazing lyric book this play has).
When the boys first go on
strike, they’ve called the other newsboys to take a stand with them, but
on the day of the Strike no one else shows up. Davey and Jack try to
encourage their friends who are with them to not back down when they’re
left alone and together they sing the line:
And say to all the others who did not follow through
“You’re still our brothers, and we will fight for you.“
In any other story, and indeed in almost every other story, this line
would not exist. Every other time, if part of the rebellion or the
soldiers or the gang fails to stand with the heroes, the reaction is one
of scorn. We as the audience are shown and taught that those cowardly
traitors mean nothing. We get angry at them, we turn our back on them
and say "watch us get along without you.” The heroes will stand despite
them, and often actually to spite them, to prove them wrong for backing
Not so in Newsies. Instead, we’re giving a beautiful
picture of friendship, challenge, and loyalty. In that one line we see
the heart of Jack and Davey and the rest: They know the newsboys are
nervous, confused, afraid, and they don’t blame them for it; rather,
they continue to stand and they do so in the name of those who couldn’t
stand with them at the start.
And two minutes later, thanks to
their courage, we see the rest of the Newsies gather behind them and
join the Strike
and I don’t know guys
I just- *throws hands up in wordless
That’s good stuff right there.
(Now I’m going to go watch it for the fourth time, byeeee)
I lost trying to win. Failed trying to learn. Took it for granted and lost it. Focused on the future and missed the present. The big picture covered the details. Too focused on goals and forgot to grow. Gave and expected back.
I DIED TRYING TO LIVE.