Newsies script

Newsies script

"Newsies" Script - Broadway musical

RACETRACK:
In 1899, the street of New York City echoed with the voices of newsies,
peddeling the newspapers of Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other
giants of the newspaper world. On every street corner you saw 'em, carrying the
banner, bringing you the news for a penny a pape. Poor orphans and run aways,
the newsies were a ragged army, without a leader, until one day when all that
changed.
(The movie title appears. We see the outside of the Newsboys Lodging House.
Inside, Kloppman, the owner, enters the bunkroom, finding the boys still in
bed.)
KLOPPMAN:
Boots! Skittery! Skittery! Skittery!
SKITTERY:
Wha..I didn't do it!
KLOPPMAN:
What do you mean you didn't do it? Will you get up? When you get up, it's time
to get up! Snitch! Get up! Get up! Everybody's sleeping. They sleep their lives
away these kids! The presses are rolling! Sell the papers, sell the papers! Come
on, come on. You dreaming about selling papers?
JACK:
Mmmmmm? What's the matta with you?
KLOPPMAN:
What's the matter with me?
JACK:
What's the matta with you? Wanna..go..back..to..
KLOPPMAN:
Come on! (gives him a shove)
JACK:
Get away from me, you're mad!
KLOPPMAN:Haha. Get up boy! Come on. Alright! Carry the banner! Sell the papers!
(Racetrack looks around for him cigar, noticing that Snipeshooter has it)
RACETRACK:
That's my cigar!
SNIPESHOOTER:
You'll steal anudder!
KID BLINK:
Hey bummers, we got work tah do!
SPECS:
Since when did you become me mudder?
CRUTCHY:
Aww, stop your bawling!
NEWSIES:
Hey, who asked you?
MUSH:
So, how'd you sleep Jack?
JACK:
On me back Mush.
MUSH:
Ha ha. Hear that fellas? Hear what Jack said? I asked Jack how he slept and he
said 'On me back Mush'
CRUTCHY:
Jack, when I walk, does it look like I'm faking it?
JACK:
No. Who says you're faking it?
CRUTCHY:
I dunno. It's just there's so many fake crips on the street today, a real crip
ain't got a chance. I gotta find me a new selling spot where they ain't used to
seeing me.
MUSH:
Try Bottle Alley or the harbour
RACETRACK:
Try Central Park, it's guaranteed
JACK:
Try any baner, bum, or barber
SKITTERY:
They almost all knows how to read
KID BLINK:
I smell money
CRUTCHY:
You smell foul!
MUSH:
Met this girl last night
CRUTCHY:
Move your elbow!
RACETRACK:
Pass the towel!
SKITTERY:
For a buck I might!
NEWSIES:
Ain't it a fine life
CArrying the banner throught it all?
A mighty fine life
Carrying the banner tough and tall
Every morning, we goes where we wishes
We's as free as fished
Sure beats washig dishes
What a fine life
Carrying the banner home-free all!
(The newsies leave the Lodging House and head towards Newsies Square)
Summer stinks and winter's waiting
Welcome to New York
Boy, ain't nature fascinating
When youse gotta walk?
Still, it's a fine life
Carrying the banner with me chums
A mighty fine life
Blowing every nickel as it comes
CRUTCHY:
I'm no snoozer
Sitting makes me antsy
I likes living chancy
NEWSIES:
Harlem tah Delancey
What a fine life
Carrying the banner through the slums
NUNS:
Blessed children thought you wonder lost and depraved
Jesus loves you, you shall be saved!
PATRICK'S MOTHER:
Partick, darling
Since you left me, I am undone
Mother loves you
God save my son!
(Sung in counterpoint)
RACETRACK:
Just give me half a cup
KID BLINK:
Something to wake me up
MUSH:
I gotta find an angle
CRUTCHY:
I gotta sell more papes
VARIOUS NEWSIES:
Papers is all I got
Wish I could catch a breeze
Sure hope the headline's hot
All I can catch is fleas
God help me if it's not
Somebody help me, please..
(End counterpoint)
NEWSIES:
If I hate the headline, I'll make up the headline
And I'll say anything I hafta
'Cause it's two for a penny, if I take too many
Weasel just makes me eat 'em afta
(Sung in counterpoint)
1. Look! They're putting up the headline
They call that a headline?
I get better stories from the copper on the beat
I was gunna start with twenty but a dozen'll be plenty
Tell me, how'm I gonna make ends meet?
2. What's it say?
That won't pay!
So where's your spot?
God, it's hot!
Will ya tell me how'm I gonna make ends meet?
(End counterpoint)
NEWSIES:
We need a good assassination!
We need an earthquake or a war!
SNIPESHOOTER:
How 'bout a crooked politician?
NEWSIES:
Hey, stupid, that ain't news no more!
Uptown to Grand Central Station
Down to City Hall
We improves our circulation
Walkin' til we fall!
(Sung in counterpoint)1. Still we'll be out there
Carrying the banner man to man!
Yes, we'll be out there
Soaking every sucker that we can!
See the headline
Newsies on a mission
Kill the competition
Sell the next edition
While we're out there
Carrying the banner is the...
2.Look, they're putting up the headline
They call that a headlin
The idiot who wrote it must be working for the Sun
Didja hear about the fire?
3.Heard it killed old man Maguire!
2.Heard the toll was ever higher
3.Why do I miss all the fun?
2.Hitched it on a Trolly
3.Meetcha Forty-Fourth and Second
2.Little Italy's a secret
3.Bleecker's further than I reckoned
2.At the courthouse
3.Near the stables
2.On the corner someone beckoned and I....
(The Delancey brothers, Oscar and Morris, enter.)
RACETRACK:
Dear me! What is that unpleasant aroma? I fear the sewer may have backed up
during the night
BOOTS:
Nah,too rotten to be the sewers.
CRUTCHY:
It must be the Delancey brudders.
RACETRACK:Hiya boys!
OSCAR:(to Snipeshooter)
In the back, you lously little shrimp.(Oscar throws Snipeshooter to the ground.
Jack goes to help him up)
RACETRACK:
It's not good to do that. Not healthy
JACK:
You shouldn't call people lously little shrimps, Oscar, unless you're refering
to the family resemblance in your brudda here.
RACETRACK:
5-1 that Cowboys skunks 'em. Who's beting?
JACK:
That's right. It's an insult. So's this
(Jack knocks Morris' hat off his head. The Delancey's chase Jack around the
Square. David and Les enter and watch until Jack bumps into them.)
DAVID:
What do you think you're doing?
JACK:
Runnin'!
(Sung in counterpoint)
NEWSIES:
1.It's a fine life
Carrying the banner through it all
A mighty fine life
Carrying the banner tough and tall
See the headline
Newsies on a mission
Kill the competition
Sell the next edition
What a fine life
Carrying the banner!
2.Would you look at the headline
You call that a headline?
I get better stories from the copper on the beat
I was gonna start with twenty but a dozen'll be plenty
Would you tell me how'm I ever gonna make ends meet
Hitched it on a Trolly
Meetcha Forty-Fourth and Second
Little Italy's a secret
Bleecker's further than I reckoned
By the courthouse, near the stables
On the corner someone beckoned!
Go get 'em Cowboy!
You've got 'em now boy!
(End counterpoint)
NEWSIES:
Go!
WORLD EMPLOYEE:
These is for the newsies!
(The newsies line up for their papes, congradulating Jack on beating the
Delancey's)
MORRIS:
See you tomorrow, Cowboy
OSCAR:
You're as good as dead, Cowboy
JACK:
Oh Mr. Weasel.
WEASEL:
Alright, alright! Hold your horses! I'm coming, I'm coming.
JACK:
So, didja miss me Weasel? Huh, did you miss me?
WEASEL:
I told ya a million times, the name's Wisel. Mr. Wisel to you. How many?
JACK:
Don't rush me, I'm prussing the merchandise Mr. Weasel. The usual.
WEASEL:
100 papes for the wise guy. Next!
RACETRACK:
Morning your honor! Listen,do me a favor,spot me 50 papes? I got a hot tip int
the fourth, you won't waste your money.
WEASEL:
It's a sure thing?
RACETRACK:
Yeah. Not like last time.
WEASEL:
50 papes! Next!
CRUTCHY:
Heya Mr. Wisel.
RACETRACK:
See anything good this morning?
WEASEL:
30 papes for Crutchy! Next!
JACK:(to Les)
You wanna sit down?
DAVID:
20 papers please. Thanks.
RACETRACK:
Look at this, 'Baby Born With Two Heads'. Must be from Brooklyn.
WEASEL:
Hey, you got your lously papes, now beat it!
DAVID:
I paid for twenty. I only got nineteen.
WEASEL:
Are you accusing me of lying kid?
DAVID:
No. I just want my paper.
MORRIS:
He said beat it!
JACK:
No, it's nineteen. It's nineteen, but don't worry about it. It's an honest
mistake. I mean, Morris here can't count to twenty with his shoes on. Hey Race,
will ya spot me 2 bits? Another 50 for my friend.
DAVID:
I don't want another 50.
JACK:
Sure you do. Every newsie wants more papes.
DAVID:
I don't. I don't want your papes. I don't take charity from anyone. I don't know
you. I don't care to. Here are your papes.
LES:
Cowboy. They called him Cowboy.
JACK:
Yeah, I'm called that and a lot of other things, including Jack Kelly, which is
what me mudder called me.what do they call you kid?
LES:
Les, and this is my brother David. He's older.
JACK:
No kidding. So how old are you Les?
LES:
Me? Near 10.
JACK:
Near 10. Well, that's no good. if anyone asks, you're 7. You see, younger sells
more papes and if we're gonna be parteners, we wanna be the best.
DAVID:
Wait. Who said anything about being parteners?
JACK:
Well, you owe me 2 bits right? Well, I'll consider that an investment. We sell
together, we split 70-30, plus you get the benifit of observing me, no charge.
DAVID:
Ah-ha.
JACK:(mocking)
Ah-ha.
CRUTCHY:
You're getting the chance of a lifetime here, Davey. You learn from Jack, you
learn from the best.
DAVID:
Well, if he's the best, then how come he needs me?
JACK:
Listen,I don't need you, pal,but I ain't got a cute little brudder like Les here
to front for me. With this kid's puss and my God-given talent, we could move a
thousand papes a week. So what do you say Les? You wanna sell papes with me?
LES:
Yeah!
JACK:
So we got a deal?
DAVID:
Wait. It's got to be at least 50-50.
JACK:
60-40, I forget the whole thing.
(David holds out his hand. Jack spits on his hand and reaches for David, who
pulls his arm away.)
JACK:
What'sa matta?
DAVID:
That's disgusting!
(By this time, the rest of the newsies have gotten their papers and are moving
out into the street.)
JACK:
The name of the game is volume, Dave. You only took twenty papes. Why?
DAVID:
Bad headline.
JACK:
That's the first thing you gotta learn. Headlines don't sell papes, newsies sell
papes. You know, we're what holds this town together. Without newsies, nobody
knows nothing.
(A girl hurries past and the newsies take off their hats and make a few
comments)
SPECS:
Baby born with three heads!
(The newsies begin to yell out various headlines as the spread out over the
streets. We go into Pulitzer's office where Pulitser is reading the headline.
Also in the room is Jonathan, Seitz and another World employee.)
PULITZER:
'Trolly Strike Drags On For Third Week' and this so called headline drags on for
infinity.
EMPLOYEE:
News is slow, Mr. Pulitzer. The trolly strike's all we've got.
PULITZER:
Well, that's all Mr. WIlliam Randolph Hearst has too, but look how he covers the
strike. Look! Look!
EMPLOYEE:
We'll get a new headline writter, sir.
PULITZER:
Steal Hearst's man. Offer him double.
SEITZ:That's how he stole him from us. It's not the headlines, Chief. The
circulation wars are cutting into our profits because you spend as much as you
make trying to beat Hearst.
PULITZER:
Then we need to make more money. You do not penny-pinch when you're in a war,
Seitz. Victory means everything. Now, when I created the World..what is that
deafing noise?
JONATHAN:
Just the newsies, sir. I'll go have them quieted.
PULITZER:
Never mind the newsies. Where was I?
SEITZ:
Creating the World, Chief.
PULITZER:
There's lots of money down there, gentelmen. I want to know how I can get more
of it...by tonight.
(We are now in the streets of New York. Jack and David roam through the crowds.)
DAVID:
Extra! Extra! Trolly strike drags on!
JACK:
Extra! Extra! Elis Island in flames!
DAVID:
Wait, where's that story?
JACK:
Thank you sir. Page 9. Thousands flee in panic. Thank you. Much oblidged to you
ladies.
DAVIDL
'Trash Fire Next To Immigration Buliding Terrifies Seagulls'??
JACK:
Terrified flight of inferno!! Thousands of lives at stake! Extra! Extra! Thank
you sir. Extra! Extra!
(Les enters)
JACK:
Hey, you start in the back like I told you? Ok, show me again.
LES:(coughs)
Buy me last pape, mista?
JACK:
It's heartbreaking kid. Go get 'em.
DAVID:
My father taught us not to lie.
JACK:
Well, mine told me not to starve, so we both got an education.
DAVID:
You're just making up things. All these headlines.
JACK:
I don't do nothing the guys who write it don't do. Anyway, it's not lying, it's
just improving the truth little.
(Warden Snyder enters and see Jack. Les re-enters)
LES:
The guy gave me a quarter. Quick, give me some more last papers.
DAVID:
Wait, wait. You smell like beer.
LES:
Well, that's how I made the quarter. The guy bet me I woulsn't drink some.
JACK:
Hey, no drinking on the job. It's bad for business. And what if somebody called
the cop on you?
DAVID:(pointing to Snyder)
Is he a friend of your's?
JACK:
Beat it! It's the bulls!
LES:
All this over one sip of beer?
(Snyder chases Jack, David and Les through the streets, and into a buliding.
They run up the stairs and get to the roof. Without stoping for a second, Jack
jumps off the roof, leaving David and Les alone. Jack's head pops up and David
and Les join him on a ledge just as Synder enters.)
SNYDER:
Sullivan! Wait til I get you back to the Refuge!
(Jack leads David and Les a little more, when David pulls him to a hault outside
Irving Hall)
DAVID:
I'm not running any further.
(Jack leads the two brothers inside.)
DAVID:
I want some answers.
JACK:
Shhh!
DAVID:
Who was he and why was he chasing you? And what is this Refuge?
JACK:
The Refuge is a jail for kids. That guy chasing me was Snyder, the warden.
LES:
You were in jail?
JACK:
Yeah.
LES:
Why?
JACK:
Well, I was starving, so I stole some food.
DAVID:
Food?
JACK:
Yeah, food.
AVID:
He called you Sullivan.
JACK:
Well, my name's Kelly. Jack Kelly. You think I'm lying?
DAVID:
Well, you have a way of improving the truth. Why was he chasing you?
JACK:
'Cause I escaped.
LES:
Oh boy! How?
JACK:
Well, this big shot gave me a ride out in his carriage.
DAVID:
I bet it was the mayor.
JACK:
No, Teddy Roosevelt. You ever heard of him?
MEDDA:
What's going on there? Out! Out! Out!
JACK:
You wouldn't kick me out without a kiss goodbye, wouldja Medda?
MEDDA:
Oh Kelly. Where ya been, kid? Oh, I miss seeing you up in the balcony.
JACK:
Hanging on your every word. So Medda.
MEDDA:
Yes.
JACK:
This is David and Les.
MEDDA:
Hello.
JACK:
And this is the greatest star of the vaudeville stage today, Miss Medda Larkson,
the Swedish Meadowlark.
MEDDA:
Welcome,gentelmen.
JACK:
Medda also owns the joint.
MEDDA:
Oh, what do we have here? Oh, aren't you the cutest little thing that ever was?
Yes you are.
LES:(cough)
Buy me last pape, lady?
MEDDA:
Oh, you are good. Oh yes, this kid is really good. Speaking as one professional
to another, I'd say you have a great furture.
JACK:
So, is it alright if we stay here for a little while, Medda? Just until a little
problem outside goes away.
MEDDA:
Sure,stay as long as you like. Toby, just give my guests whatever they want.
ANNOUNCER:
And now gents, the moment you've all been waiting for. The sensational songbird.
The Swedish Meadowlark, Miss Medda Larkson.
(Medda goes on stage. Jack, David and Les watch from backstage.)
MEDDA:
My lovey dovey baby
I boo-hoo-hoo for you
I used to be your tootsie-wootsie
Then you said 'tooldle-dedoo'
I miss the hanky-panky
Each nighty-night til three
Come back my lovey dovey baby
And coochie-coo with me
(After the show, the boys go outside)
JACK:
So, you like that?
DAVID:
Oh,I loved that. I loved it. It was great. She is beautiful. How do you know
her?
JACK:
She was a friend of me fadder's. Come on, Les, you wanna shine me shoes for me?
DAVID:
Oh, it's getting late. My parents are going to be worried. What about your's?
JACK:
Nah, they're out west looking for a place to live, like this. (Pulls out a Santa
Fe brochure)See, that's Santa Fe, New Mexico. As soon as they find the right
ranch, they're gonna send for me.
LES:
Then you'll be a real cowboy.
JACK:
Yup.
(Fire and loud crashes are heard. The boys run and see a riot breaking out. A
group of men are beating up another man.)
DAVID:
Jack! Why don't we go to my place and divi up. You can meet my folks.
JACK:
It's the trolly strike, Dave. These couple of dumbasses must not have joined or
something.
DAVID:
Jack, let's get out of here.
JACK:
So, maybe we'll get a good headline tomorrow, Dave. Look at this, he slept the
whole way threw it.
(Jack picks up Les from the bench where he fell asleep. They enter David's
house.)
ESTER:
My God. What happened?
DAVID:
Nothing, mama. He's just sleeping.
MAYER:
We've been waiting dinner for you. Where have you been?
(David puts a pile of coins on the table.)
MAYER:
You made all this selling newspapers?
DAVID:
Well, half of it's Jack's. This is our selling partener, and our friend. Jack
Kelly, my parents. And that's my sister, Sarah.
MAYER:
Ester, maybe David's partener would like to join us for dinner. Why don't you
add a little more water to the soup?
(He kisses her. She shoves him away playfully)
ESTER:
Mayer!
(After dinner, they talkas Sarah clears the table.)
JACK:
So, from wat I saw today, you're boys are a couple of born newsies. Can I have
some more?
SARAH:
Yes.
JACK:
So with their hard work and my experience,I figure we can peddle a thousand
papes a week and not even break a sweat.
MAYER:
That many?
JACK:
More when the headline's good.
SARAH:
So what makes the headline good?
JACK:
Oh, you know. Catchy words like maniac, or corpse, umm..lovenest, or nude.
Excuse me. Maybe I'm talkin' too much.
MAYER:
Sarah? Go get the cake your mother's hiding in the cabnet.
ESTER:
That's for your birthday tomorrow!
MAYOR:
Well, I've had enough birthdays. This is a celebration.
DAVID:
I'll get the knife.
SARAH:
I got the plates.
DAVID:
This is only the begining, papa. The longer I work, the more money I'll make.
MAYER:
You'll only work until I go back to the factory, and then you are going back to
school, like you promised.
SARAH:
HAppy birthday, papa.
MAYER:
This is going to heal, and they'll give me my job back. We'll make them
(Les stirs, but doesn't wake up in bed.)
LES:
Come nack my lovey dovey baby
And coochie-coo with me
(David and Jack start laughing)
ESTER:
And what is this David?
(The boys try to stop laughing, but can't. LATER THAT NIGHT, on David's fire
escape)
JACK:
So, how'd your pop get hurt?
DAVID:
At the factory. It was an accident. He's no good to them anymore, so they just
fired him.
(Mayer appears at the window.)
MAYER:
David, it's time to come in now.
DAVID:
Alright. Jack, why don't you stay here tonight?
JACK:
Ah, no, thanks. I got a place of my own. But you're family's real nice, like
mine.
DAVID:
See you tomorrow.
JACK:
Alright.
DAVID:
Carrying the banner.
JACK:
Carrying the banner.
(David goes inside, leaving Jack alone on the fire escape. He looks in the
window and see the family together.)
JACK:
So that's what they call a family
Mudder, fadder, daughter, son
Guess everything you heard about it true.
So you ain't got any family
Well,who said you needed one?
Ain'tcha glad nobody's waiting up for you?
When I dream on my own
I'm alone, but I ain't lonely
For a dreamer, night's the only time of day
When the city's finally sleeping
When my thoughts begin to stray
And I'm on the train that bound for
Santa Fe
And I'm free
Like the wind
Like Im gonna live forever.
It's a feeling time can never take away
All I needs a few more dollars
And I'm outta here to stay
Dreams come true
Yes they do
In Santa Fe
Where does it say you've gotta live and die here?
Where does it say a guy can't catch a break?
Why should you only take what you're given?
Why should you spend your whole life livin'
Trapped where there ain't no future
Even at seventeen
Breaking your back for someone else's sake
If the life don't seem to suit ya
HOw bout a change of scene?
Far from the lously headlines
And the deadlines in between
Santa Fe
Are you there?
Do you swear you won't forget me?
If I found you would you let me come and stay?
I ain't getting any younger
And before my dying day
I want space
Not just air
Let 'em laugh in my face, I don't care
Save a place
I'll be there
So that's what they call a family?
Ain'tcha glad you ain't that way?
Ain'tcha glad you got a dream called
Santa Fe?
(Jack ends up outside the Lodging House. As he enters, he meets up with
Racetrack)
JACK:
Heya Race.
RACETRACK:
Hey Jack.
JACK:
How was your day at the track?
RACETRACK:
Remember that hot tip I told you about? Nobody told the horse.
(Pulitzer, Setiz and Jonathan are sitting it Pulitzer's office.)
PULITZER:
I know we need to make more money. That?s why we?re here, to find out how to
make more money.
JONATHAN:
I have several proposals. First, to increase the paper?s price.
PLUITZER:
Then Hearst outsells me and I?m in the poorhouse. Brilliant, Jonathan,
brilliant.
JONATHAN:
Not the customer?s price. The price to the distribution apparatus.
SEITZ:
Charge the newsies more for their papers? Bad idea, Chief.
JONATHAN:
Very well. My next proposal, salary cuts. Particularly those at the top.
SEITZ:Very bad idea, Chief.
PULITZER:
Wait. What do the newsies pay now? 50 cents for 100 papers? If you raise it to
60 cents..
JONATHAN:
A mere tenth of a cent per paper.
PULITZER:
Multiply by 40, 000 papers a day?7 days a week?.
JONATHAN:
It definitely adds up, sir.
SEITZ:
If you do this, every newsie we?ve got will head straight for Hearst.
PULITZER:
You don?t know Hearst like I do, Setiz. As newspapermen, he and I would cut each
other?s throats to get an advantage. But as gentlemen, as businessmen, if also
see eye to eye on certain things. Now, if we do it, Hearst and I, if we do it,
then the other papers will do it.
SEITZ:
It?s going to be awfully tough on those children.
PULITZER:
Nonsense, nonsense. It?ll be good for them. Incentive, make them work harder,
sell more papers. They?ll look on it as an advantage.
(Outside the World building, the newsies have gathered. Jack joins them)
KID BLINK:
They jacked up the price! You hear that Jack? Ten cents a hundred! You know,
it?s bad enough that we gotta eat what we don?t sell, now they jack up the
price! Can you believe that?
SKITTERY:
This?ll bust me, I?m barely making a living right now.
BOOT:
I?ll be back sleeping on the streets.
MUSH:
It don?t make no sense. I mean, all the money Pulitzer?s making, why would he
gouge us?
RACETRACK:
Because he?s a tight wad, that?s why!
JACK:
Pipe down, it?s just a gag. So, why the jack up Weasel?
WEASEL:
Why not? It?s a nice day. Why don?tcha ask Mr. Pulitzer?
KID BLINK:
They can?t to this to me Jack.
RACETRACK:
They can do whatever they want. It?s their stinkin? paper.
BOOTS:
It ain?t fair. We got no rights at all.
RACETRACK:
Come on, it?s a rigged deck. They got all the marbles.
MUSH:
Jack, we got no choice, so why don?t we get our lousy papes while they still got
some, huh?
JACK:
No! Nobody?s going anywhere. They can?t get away with this!
LES:
Give him some room, give him some room. Let him think.
RACETRACK:
Jack, you done thinkin? yet?
WEASEL:
Hey! Hey! Hey! World employees only on this side of the gate!
JACK:
Well, listen. One thing for sure, if we don?t sell papes, then nobody sells
papes. Nobody comes through those gates until they put the price back to where
it was.
DAVID:
You mean like a strike?
JACK:
Yeah, like a strike!
RACETRACK:
Are you out of your mind?
JACK:
It?s a good idea!
DAVID:
Jack, I was only joking. We can?t go on strike, we don?t have a union.
JACK:
But, if we go on strike, then we are a union, right?
DAVID:
No, we?re just a bunch of angry kids with no money. Maybe if we got every newsie
in New York, but..
JACK:
Yeah, well we organize. Crutchy, you take up for collection. We get all the
newsies of New York together.
DAVID:
Jack, this isn?t a joke. You saw what happened to those trolley workers.
JACK:
Yeah, well that?s another good idea. Any newsie don?t join with us, then we bust
their heads like the trolley workers.
DAVID:
Stop and think about this Jack. You can?t just rush everybody into this
JACK:
Alright. Let me think about it. Listen. Dave?s right. Pulitzer and Hearst and
all them other rich fellas, I mean, they own this city, so do they really think
a bunch of street kids like us can make any difference? The choice has got to be
yours. Are we just gonna take what they give us, or are we gonna strike?
LES:
Strike!
BOOTS:
Keep talking Jack, tell us what to do!
JACK:
Well, you tell us what to do Davey.
DAVID:
Pulitzer and Hearst have to respect our rights.
JACK:
Hey listen! Pulitzer and Hearst have to respect the rights of the working boys
of New York! Well, that worked pretty good, so what else?
DAVID:
Tell them that they can?t treat us like we don?t exist.
JACK:
Pulitzer and Hearst, they think we?re nothing.
Are we nothing!
NEWSIES:
No!
DAVID:
If we stick together like the trolley workers then they can?t break us up.
JACK:
Pulitzer and Hearst, they think they got us.
Do they got us?
NEWSIES:
No!
DAVID:
We?re a union now, the Newsboys Union. We have to start acting like a union.
JACK:
Even though we ain?t got hats or badges
We?re a union just by saying so
And the World will know!
BOOTS:
What?s to start somebody else from selling our papes?
JACK:
Well, what?s wrong with them?
RACETRACK:
Some of them don?t hear so good!
JACK:
Well then we?ll soak ?em!
DAVID:
No! We can?t beat up kids in the streets. It?ll give us a bad name.
CRUTCHY:
Can?t get any worse.
JACK:
What?s it gonna take to stop the wagons?
Are we ready?
NEWSIES:
Yeah!
DAVID:
No!
JACK:
What?s it gonna take to stop the scabber?
Can we do it?
NEWSIES:
Yeah!
JACK:
We?ll do what we gotta do until we
Break the will of mighty Bill and Joe!
NEWSIES:
And the World will know
And the Journal too!
Mr. Hearst and Pulitzer
Have we got news for you!
Now the World will hear
What we?ve got to say
We?ve been hawking headlines
But we?re making ?em today.
And our ranks will grow!
CRUTCHY:
And we?ll kick their rear!
NEWSIES:
And the World will know that we been here!
JACK:
When the circulation bell starts ringing
Will we hear it?
NEWSIES:
No!
JACK:
What if the Delancey?s come out swinging?
Will we hear it?
NEWSIES:
No!
When you?ve got a hundred voices singing
Who can hear a lousy whistle blow?
And the World will know
That this ain?t no game
That we got a ton of rotten fruit and perfect aim
So they gave their word
But it ain?t worth beans!
Now they?re gonna see what ?stop the presses? really mean
And the day has come
And the time is now
And the fear is gone
BOOTS:
And their name is mud!
NEWSIES:And the strike is on
BOOTS:
And I can't stand blood!
NEWSIES:
And the World will..
JACK:
Pulitzer may crack the whip but he won?t whip us!
NEWSIES:
Pulitzer may crack the whip but he won?t whip us!
And the World will know
And the World will learn
And the World will wonder how
We made the tables turn
And the World will see
That we had to choose
That the things we do today
Will be tomorrow?s news
And the old will fall
And the young stand tall
And the time is now
And the winds will blow
And our ranks will grow
And grow and grow and so
The World will feel the fire
And finally know!

PART 2

NEWSIES:
Strike! Strike! Strike! (etc.)
JACK:
We gotta get word out to all the newsies of New York. I need some of
those?.what?dja call ?em?
DAVID:
Ambasitors?
JACK:
Yeah, right. Okay, you guys, you gotta be ambastards and go tell the other that
we?re on strike.
KID BLINK:
Say, Jack, I?ll take Harlem
RACETRACK:
Yeah, I got Midtown.
MUSH:
I got the Battery, Jack.
CRUTCHY:
Hey, I?ll take the Bronx.
JACK:
Alright. And Bumlets, and Specs and Skittery, you take Queens. Pie Eater!
Snoddy! East Side! Snipeshooter, you go with ?em. So, what about Brooklyn? Come
on, Spot Conlon?s territory. What?sa matta? You scared of Brooklyn?
BOOTS:
Hey, we ain?t scared of Brooklyn. Spot Conlon makes us a little nervous.
JACK:
Well, he don?t make me nervous. So you and me, Boots, we?ll go to Brooklyn. And
Dave here can keep us company.
DAVID:
Sure, just as soon as you delivery our demands to Pulitzer.
JACK:
Me? To Pulitzer?
DAVID:
You?re the leader, Jack.
JACK:
Well, maybe the kid?ll soften him up.
(Jack and Les enter the World Building. The newsies cheer)
NEWSIES:
Strike! Strike! Strike! (etc.)
(The newsies go off in different directions. Denton enters and approaches
David.)
DENTON:
Hey, what is the strike? What?s going on?
DAVID:
We?re bringing out demands to Pulitzer.
DENTON:
What demands?
DAVID:
The newsies demands. We?re on strike.
DENTON:
I?m with the New York Sun. Bryan Denton. You seem like the kid in charge. What?s
your name?
DAVID:
David
DENTON:
David. David as in David and Goliath? You really think old man Pulitzer?s going
to listen to your demands?
DAVID:
He has to.
(Jack and Let thrown out the door.)
JACK:
Well, so?s your old lady! You tell Pulitzer he needs an appointment with me!
LES:
Yeah!
(Jack, David, Les and Denton are sitting in a booth in Tibby?s Restaurant.)
JACK:
So this snooty mug says to me, ?You can?t see Mr. Pulitzer. No one sees Mr.
Pulitzer.? Real hoity-toity, you know the type?
LES:
Real hoity-toity.
JACK:
So that?s when I says to him, ?Listen, I ain?t in the habit of transacting no
business with office boys. Just tell him Jack Kelly?s here to see him now!?
LES:
That?s when he threw us out.
DENTON:
Does he scare you? You?re going up against the most powerful man in New York
City.
JACK:
Oh yeah, look at me. I?m trembling.
DENTON:
Alright, keep me informed. I want to know everything that?s going on.
DAVID:
Are we really an important story?
DENTON:
Well, what?s important? Last year I covered the war in Cuba. Charged up San Juan
Hill with Col. Teddy Roosevelt. That was an important story. So, it the newsie?s
strike important? That all depends on you.
JACK:
So my name?s really gonna be in the papers?
DENTON:
Any objections?
JACK:
Not as long as you get it right. It?s Kelly, Jack Kelly. Oh, and Denton? No
pictures.
DENTON:
Sure Jack.
(Jack, David and Boots start across the Brooklyn Bridge.)
DAVID:
I?ve never been to Brooklyn, have you?
BOOTS:
I spent a month there on night.
(Jack and Boots lean over the side and scream at the top of their lungs.)
DAVID:
So, is this Spot Conlon really dangerous?
(The boys get to Brooklyn. There are a lot of tough looking boys.)
BROOKLYN NEWSIE:
Going somewhere, Kelly?
(Jack pushes past him. David and Boots follow.)
SPOT:
Well, if it ain?t Jack be nimble, Jack be quick.
JACK:
I see you moved up in the world, Spot. Got a river view and everything.
(The two boys spit-shake.)
SPOT:
Heya Boots. How?s it rollin??
BOOTS:
I got a couple of real good shooters.
(Spot takes the marbles and takes out his sling shot.)
SPOT:
Yeah. So, Jacky-boy. I?ve been hearing things from little birds. Things from
Harlem, Queens, all over. They been chirpin? in my ear. Jacky-boy?s newsies is
playing like they?re going on strike.
JACK:
Yeah, well we are.
DAVID:
We?re not playing. We are going on strike.
SPOT:
Oh yeah? Yeah? What is this, Jacky-boy? Some kind of walking mouth?
JACK:
Yeah, it?s a mouth. A mouth with a brain, and if you got half a one, you?ll
listen to what he?s got to say.
DAVID:
Well, we started the strike, but we can?t do it alone. So, we?re talking to
newsies all around the city.
SPOT:
Yeah, so they told me. But what?d they tell you?
DAVID:
They?re waiting to see what Spot Conlon is doing, you?re the key. That Spot
Conlon is the most respected and famous newsie in al of New York, and probably
everywhere else. And if Spot Conlon joins the strike, then they join and we?ll
be unstoppable. So you gotta join, I mean..well, you gotta!
SPOT:
You?re right Jacky-boy, brains. But I got brains too, and more than just half a
one. How do I know you punks won?t run the first time some goon comes at ya with
a club? How do I know you got what it takes to win?
JACK:
Because I?m telling you, Spot.
SPOT:
That ain?t good enough Jacky-boy. You gotta show me.
(The boys go back to Newsies Square, where the rest of the newsies wait.)
RACETRACK:
Jack. So, where?s Spot?
JACK:
He was concerned about us being serious. You imagine that?
RACETRACK:
Well, Jack, maybe we ought to ease off a little.
Without Spot and the others, there ain?t enough of us, Jack.
MUSH:
Maybe we?re moving too soon. Maybe we ain?t ready, you know?
SKITTERY:
I definitely think we should forget about it for a little while.
JACK:
Oh, do ya?
SKITTERY:
Yeah.
RACETRACK
Yeah, I mean, without Brooklyn? you know?
JACK:
Spot was right, is this just a game to you guys?
DAVID:
Open the gates and seize the day
Don?t be afraid and don?t delay
Nothing can break us
No one can make us
Give our rights away
Arise and seize the day!
DAVID AND NEWSIES:
Now is the time to seize the day
Send out the call and join the fray
DAVID:
Wrongs will be righted
if we?re united
DAVID AND NEWSIES:
Let us seize the day!
Friends of the friendless seize the day
Raise up the torch and light the way
Proud and defiant
We?ll slay the giant
Let us seize the day
Neighbor to neighbor
Father to son
One for all and all for one!
Open the gates and seize the day
Don?t be afraid and don?t delay
Nothing can break us
No one can make us
Give our rights away
Neighbor to neighbor
Father to son!
One for all and all for one!
(The circulation bell begins to ring)
JACK
Anybody hear that?
NEWSIES
No!
JACK:
So what are we gonna do about it?
NEWSIES:
Soak ?em!
(The newsies and the scabbers have a stand off. 3 scabs join with the newsies,
but then a bug scab comes up against Jack. He tries to get by, but can?t. The
newsies start soaking the scabs, who eventually run away. They tear up the
newspapers. Jack starts making faces and blowing raspberries at Weasel, Oscar
and Morris through the distribution window.)
MORRIS:
I?m gonna crack your dome!
(The tearing of newspapers continue. A delivery cart is pushed onto it?s side.
Weasel calls for the cops, who enter blowing whistles.)
JACK:
Cheese it! Cheese it, it?s the bulls!
(All the newsies run, except Crutchy, who doesn?t notice)
RACETRACK:
Crutchy! Scram! Scram!
(Crutchy starts to leave, but is blocked in by cops. He turns to find the
Delancey brothers behind him. They knock his crutch aside and drag him away.
Denton has been watching all of this. THAT NIGHT- Jack and David walk to the
Refuge. Jack has a rope in his hands)
JACK:
So here it is. The Refuge. My home, sweet home.
DAVID:
How can you be sure they sent him here?
JACK:
How can I be sure the Delancey?s stink? It?s just how things work, you know? An
orphan gets arrested, Snyder makes sure he gets sent straight here, so he can
rehabilitate him. The more kids in the Refuge, the more money the city sends to
take care of them, the more Snyder sticks it in his pocket. He?s here.
DAVID:
So how come you brought the rope?
(A carriage exits the Refuge. Jack and David hind in the shadows. As the guard
talks with the nuns, the two boys sneak by. On the roof, David lowers Jack, who
has the rope tied around his waist. Jack gets level with the window.)
JACK:
Steady. Steady, Dave. That?s good.
(Jack knocks on the window. A boy around Les?s age opens it.)
TEN PIN:
Hey. Cowboy. You miss the joint?
JACK:
What do ya say, Ten Pin. You got a new guy in here. Crutchy.
TEN PIN:
The gimp? I?ll get him for ya.
JACK:
Hey Crutchy.
(With the help of a boy, Crutchy limps to the window.)
CRUTCHY:
I don?t believe it. What are you hanging around here for?
JACK:
What do you mean what am I hangin? around here for? You know who?s on the roof?
CRUTCHY:
Who?
JACK:
Dave.
CRUTCHY:
Is that Dave? Heya Dave! How ya doin??
DAVID::
Shhh.
JACK:
Listen, Crutchy, go get your stuff. We?re gonna get you outta here.
CRUTCHY:
Well, actually, I ain?t walking so good. Oscar and Morris kindda worked me over
a little bit, you know?
JACK:
They hurt you? Don?t worry about it. Me and Dave, we can carry you outta here.
CRUTCHY:
I don?t want nobody carrying me, you hear? Hey, Dave! You know, they still talk
about how Jack rode outta here on that coach.
DAVID:
Oh, yeah. Teddy Roosevelt?s, right?
CRUTCHY:
You already heard the story.
DAVID:
You mean it?s true?
CRUTCHY:
Of course. Hey! Cheese it!
(Snyder enters and inspects the room. Jack swings to the side, out of site. As
Snyder is about to look out the window, Crutchy grabs his arm.)
CRUTCHY:
Mr. Warden Snyder, sir. You know, I was thinking. I?d just like you to know that
when you were taking a nap this afternoon?
(Crutchy leads Snyder away from the window and Jack leaves. THE NEXT MORNING-
Pulitzer, Weasel and Seitz are inside Pulitzer?s office.)
SEITZ:
I don?t think they?re just going to go away, Chief.
WEASEL:
Mr. Pulitzer, sir, just give me the means and I?ll take care of them for ya.
PULITZER:
I?ll give you whatever means you require. I want this nonsense down with once
and for all.
SEITZ:
Chief?
PULIZER:
Shut you mouth, Setiz
(Weasel and Seitz leave. Snyder looks out the window to the square where the
newsies have gathered.)
NEWSIES:
Open the gates and seize the day
Don?t be afraid and don?t delay
Nothing can break us
No one can make us
Give our rights away
Arise and seize the day
(The boys dance in the square and block the entrance to the World building. A
delivery cart rushes through. The newsies and scabs have another stand off.)
DAVID:
Alright. Everyone remain calm.
JACK:
Let?s soak ?em for Crutchy!
(The newsies charge towards the scabs, who retreat. A large door opens and big
men with clubs and chains come out)
RACETRACK:
Jack! Jack!, the Crib!
(the men form a circle around Jack so none of the newsies can help him. The
gates shut and Denton can?t get in to help.)
OSCAR:
Heya Jacky-boy
(Jack faces a man with a chain. Outside, Denton tried to get in.)
DENTON:
Aren?t you going to stop them, sir?
POLICEMAN:
Move along, mister.
(Just as all hope seems lost for Jack, a bunch of newsies appear on the
rooftops, including Spot.)
SPOT:
Never fear, Brooklyn is here.
MUSH:
It?s Brooklyn!
(The newsies start to soak the Crib, the Brooklyn boys using their sling shots.
Racetrack throws his hands in the air and sit on a ledge?.)
RACETRACK:
Hey, I give up. Alright, alright. I give up.
(?then kicks the guy in the family jewels)
JACK:
Hey, Spot!
(Shots of Newsies punching the scabs. First Racetrack, then Jack, Kid Blink and
another. Skittery get hits and falls back. Newsies catch him)
DAVID:
Are you alright?
(Before he can answer, the newsies push him back up and he punches the man back.
Spot opens the gates and the Brooklyn gang join. They force the Crib back. The
newsies cheer and tear some more papers. Denton enters with him camera.)
DENTON:
Jack! Boys! Freeze! Freeze!
JACK:
Alright guys
(Denton takes the picture. Jack is the only one ready for it. The others all
have weird expressions on their faces. The picture turns black and white and
appears on the cover of the New York Sun under the headline ?The Children?s
Crusade; Newsies Stop the World?. NEXT DAY- The newsies are in Tibby?s. Denton
enters with the paper.)
DENTON:
Hey fellas. Hey, hey! Big time.
BOOTS:
What you got there Jack?
SPOT:
Where?s me picture? Where?s me picture?
BOOTS:
What?s that? That all about us?
MUSH:
Look at that Jack. You look like a gentlemen
JACK"
Will you get your fingers off me face?
SPOT:
Where does it say my name? Where?s my name?
JACKL
Will you quit thinking about yourself?
DAVID:
You got us on the front page!
DENTON:
You got yourselves on the front page. I just got to make sure you stay there.
SKITTERY:
So what. You get your picture in the papes, so what?s that get you, huh?
MUSH:
What are you talkin? about?
JACK:
Shut up, boy. You been in a bad mood all day!
SKITTERY:
I?m not in a bad mood!
RACETRACK:
Glum and dumb. What?s the matta with you? You get your picture in the papes,
your famous. Your famous, you get anything you want. That?s what so great about
New York!
MUSH:
A pair of new shoes with matching laces
RACETRACK:
A permanent box at Sheepshed Races.
SPOT:
A porcelain tub with boiling water
KID BLINK:
A Saturday night with the mayor?s daughter!
RACETRACK:
Look at me
I?m the King of New York!
Suddenly
I?m respectable
Staring right atcha
Lousy with stature
JACK:
Nubbin? with all the muckety-mucks
I?m blowin? my dough and goin? deluxe!
RACETRACK:
And there I?ll be
Ain?t I pretty?
RACETRACK & JACK:
It?s my city
I?m the king of New York!
BOOTS:
A corduroy suit with fitted knickers
LES:
A mezzanine seat to see the flickers
SNIPESHOOTER:
Havana cigars that cost a quarter
DAVID:
An editor?s desk for our star reporter!
NEWSIES:
Tip your hat
He?s the King of New York!
DENTON:
How ?bout that?
I?m the King of New York!
NEWSIES:
In nothing flat
He?ll be covering
Brooklyn to Trenton
Our man Denton
KID BLINK:
Making a headline out of a hunch
DENTON:
Protecting the weak
RACETRACK:
And paying for lunch
DENTON:
When I?m at bat
Strong men crumble
RACETRACK:
Proud yet humble
DENTON & RACETRACK:
I?m/He?s the King of New York
NEWSIES:
I gotta be either dead or dreaming
?Cuz look at that pape with my face beaming
Tomorrow they may wrap fishes in it
But I was a star for one whole minute!
Starting now
I?m the King of New York!
DENTON:
Ain?t you hear?
I?m the King of New York!
NEWSIES:
Holy cow!
It?s a miracle
Pulitzer?s crying
Weasel? He?s dying!
Flashpots are shooting bright as the sun
I?m one hifalutin? sonuva gun!
Don?t ask me how
Fortune found me
Fate just crowned me
Now I?m King of New York!
Look and see
Once a piker
Now a striker
I?m the Kin of New York!
Victory!
Front page story
Guts and glory
I?m the King of New York!
(The newsies cheer and gather around a table)
JACK:
So, let?s have some ideas.
DAVID:
Well, we gotta show people where we stand
JACK:
Yeah, so we gotta stay in the papes.
DENTON:
My paper?s the only one printing any strike news so far
JACK:
So, we should do something that?s so big the other papers?ll feel stupid if they
try to ignore us. Like a rally. A newsie rally with all the kids from all over
New York. It?ll be the biggest, loudest, nosiest blow-out this town?s ever seen!
DAVID:
We?ll send a message to the big boys
RACETRACK:
Yesh, I?ll give ?em a message.
(A waiter brings a tray of cokes. Each newsie grabs a glass.)
JACK:
There?s a lot of us, and we ain?t going away. We?ll fight until damn Doomsday if
it means we get a fair shake.
DAVID:
Hey, guys. To out man Denton.
NEWSIES:
Our man Denton!
(The newsies lift their glasses in a toast. IN THE REFUGE- Crutchy knocks on
Snyder?s door and enters.)
CRUTCHY:
Heya Mr. Snyder. How was your supper?
(As he begins to put the plates on a tray, Crutchy notices Snyder looking at the
paper, particularly at Jack?s picture.)
CRUTCHY:
Hey! That?s Jack. He looks just like himself.
SNYDER:
You know this boy?
CRUTCHY:
No.
SNYDER:
You have a very famous friend, this Jack. Do you know where he lives?
CRUTCHY:
I never heard of him, honest! It?s this brain of mine, it?s always making
mistakes. It?s got a mind of it?s own. Can I get you anything else, Mr. Snyder?
Good bye Mr. Snyder.
(Crutchy leaves, realizing his mistake. THAT NIGHT- The newsies are making signs
for the rally. Dutchy?s sign says ?STRIKE?)
DUTCHY:
So, did I spell it right, Kloppman?
KLOPPMAN:
Very good, very good.
(Snyder enters and starts going through Kloppman?s book)
KLOPPMAN:
Excuse me. Can I help you?
SNYDER:
You have a boy who calls himself Jack Kelly? I wish to see him
KLOPPMAN:
Jack Kelly? Never heard of him. Never heard of him. Any of you boys ever hear of
a Jack Kelly?
SPECS:
That?s an unusual name for these parts.
(Jack enters, but Swifty stops him and points Snyder out to him)
RACETRACK:
Oh, you mean Jack Kelly. Yeah, he was here, but he put an egg in his shoe and
beat it.
SNYDER:
I have reason to believe he?s an escaped prisoner, possibly dangerous.
KLOPPMAN:
Oh, dangerous? I better look in my files. This way please.
(Kloppman distracts Snyder and Jack exits. The boys hold up signs to hide him)
RACETRACK:
Give to the Newsies Strike fund, Mister?
(Snyder hands Racetrack a coin. THE NEXT MORNING- Sarah wakes up and looks out
the window. She sees Jack on the fire escape)
SARAH:
Did you sleep out there all night?
JACK:
Yeah
SARAH:
Why didn?t you wake us up?
JACK:
Well, I didn?t want to disturb nobody. Besides, it?s like the Waldorph out here.
Great view. Cool air
SARAH:
Go up on the roof.
(Jack leaves so Sarah can get dressed. While he waits, he boxes with some
stockings and steals a tomato off a plant. Sarah enters with a basket.)
SARAH:
Are you hungry?
JACK:
Yeah
SARAH:
Good. I made you breakfast
(She lays down a clothe and gets the food and milk.)
SARAH:
Papa?s so proud of you and David. You should hear him talking about Jack Kelly,
strike leader, who occasionally takes his meal with us
JACK:
Well, this is one strike leader who?s gonna be very happy when it?s all over and
I can get outta here and go to Santa Fe. I mean, there?s nothing for me to stay
for, is there? You know, you should se Santa Fe, everything?s different there.
It?s all bigger. The desert, the sky, the sun
SARAH:
It?s the same sun as here
JACK:
Yeah, it just looks different
SARAH:
I should get ready for work
JACK:
Sarah? I?m just not used to having whether I stay or whether I go matta to
anybody. I?m not saying it should matta to you. I?m just saying, well, does it?
Matta?
(Pulitzer is in his office with the Mayor, the Police Chief, Snyder and Seitz.
He is looking at the paper and has Jack?s face circled.)
MAYOR:
Of course, the city is very concerned that this event doesn?t get out of hand.
But?Chief?
CHIEF:
We can?t just charge in there and break it up, Mr. Pulitzer. We?ve got no legal
cause.
MAYOR:
Legal cause.
PULITZER:
Would the fact that this rally is organized by an escaped criminal be cause
enough, mayor?
MAYOR:
Escaped criminal?
PULITZER:
A fugitive from one of your prisons, mayor. A convicted thief. Been living at
large for some time under the allis of Jack Kelly. What?s his real name?
SNYDER:
Sullivan. Francis Sullivan. Your honor. I would have caught him before now,
but..
PULITZER:
You know Warder Snyder, don?t you mayor? I believe you know him because you
appointed him.
MAYOR:
Yes. Well, if this boy?s a fugitive then the chief can quietly arrest him.
PULITZER:
No, no, no, no! Not quietly! Not quietly! I want an example made. I want this
rabble he?s roused to see what happens to those who would dare to lead. They
should see justice and action.
MAYOR:
Arrest him at the rally?
PULITZER:
By the way, mayor, a few friends for cards tonight. Newspaper friends. Billy
Hearst, Gordon Bennett. Perhaps you?ll join us. Talk about the coming election.
MAYOR:
I?d be honored.
(Newsies are gathering outside Irving Hall. Inside, Jack, David and Spot are on
stage. Jack quiets everyone)
JACK:
Carryin? the banner!
(The newsies stand up and cheer. MEANWHILE- In Pulitzer?s study, men are sitting
at a table, playing cards. Pulitzer leads the mayor around the table)
PULITZER:
You know Gordon, mayor. Mr. Bennett of the Tribune. Mr. Taylor of the Times. Of
course, you know Mr. Hearst. This is a new member of our little group, Mr.
Gammon. He just came back from Europe. Mr. Gammon owns the New York Sun.
(Back in the theater, Jack is giving a speech.)
JACK:
So, we?ve come a long way, but we ain?t there yet and maybe it?s only gonna get
tougher from now on. But that?s fine, we?ll just get tougher with it. But also,
we gotta get smart and start listening to my pal David, who says ?stop soakin?
the scabs?.
RACETRACK:
What are we supposed to do to the bums? Kiss ?em?
SPOT:
Any scab I see I soak ?em. Period.
DAVID:
No, no. That?s what they want us to do. If we get violent, it?s just playing
into their hands.
SPOT:
Hey, look. They?re gonna be playing with my hands, alright. "Cuz it ain?t what
they say, it?s what we say. And nobody ain?t gonna listen to us unless we make
?em.
(Newsies in the crowd take different sides and start to argue.)
JACK:
You got no brain?s. Why we starting to fight each other? It?s just what the big
shot?s wanna see. That we?re street rats! Street rats with no brain?s. No
respect for nothing, including ourselves! So, here?s how it?s gonna be. If we
don?t act together, then we?re nothing. If we don?t stick together, then we?re
nothing. And if we can?t even trust each other, then we?re nothing.
KID BLINK:
Tell ?em Jack!
JACK:
So, what?s it gonna be?
RACETRACK:
We?re with you Jack.
JACK:
So, what about you, Spot?
SPOT:
I say that what you say is what I say.
(The spit-shake. All the newsies cheer. The curtains open and Medda enters. The
cheering gets louder.)
MEDDA & NEWSIES:
High times, hard times
Sometimes the living is sweet
And sometimes there?s nothing to eat
But I always land on my feet
So when there?s dry times
I wait for high times and then
I put on my best
And I stick out my chest
And I?m off to the race?s again!
MEDDA:
Hello, newsies. What?s new?
(Outside, the Crib and police are gathering. Snyder enters)
MEDDA:
So your old lady don?t love you no more
So you?re afraid there?s a wolf at your door
So you?ve got street rats that scream in your ear
MEDDA & NEWSIES:
You win some, you lose some
My dear,oh?
High times, hard times
Sometimes the living is sweet
And sometimes there?s nothing to eat
But I always land on my feet
So when there?s dry times
I wait for high times and then
I put on my best
And I stick out my chest
And I?m off to the races again
MEDDA:
I put on my best!
NEWSIES:
I put on my best!
MEDDA:
And I stick out my chest
NEWSIES:
And I sticks out my chest
MEDDS:
And I?m off
NEWSIES:
And I?m off
MEDDA:
And I?m off
NEWSIES:
And I?m off
MEDDA:
And I?m off
ALL:
To the races again!
(The police block off the entrance to the theater. Denton sees Snyder and tries
to keep him busy)
DENTON:
Excuse me. Aren?t you Warden Snyder? Bryan Denton of the Sun. How do you do,
sir?
(David sees Snyder and tells Spot)
DENTON:
I heard about your wonderful work with the children and I wondered if I might
get an interview with you
(David rushes through the crowd to Jack)
DAVID:
Jack! Jack! It?s Snyder!
JACK:
What?
DAVID:
It?s Snyder. Right there!
(Denton tries to distract Snyder one more time. This time with his camera)
DENTON:
Let me get that correct. That?s Snyder, as in snide? Smile sir!
(The flash blinds him for a minute, then he blows his whistle.)
JACK:
Medda, thanks. I gotta run.
(Cops come in and the newsies scatter. Jack take?s Sarah?s hand and pulls her
through the crowd. Racetrack gets Medda to safety and start to leave)
MEDDA:
No! Stay with me!
(A huge man kicks Racetrack in the stomach and punches him out. Medda breaks
away from her maid and bodyguard(?) and slaps the man)
MEDDA:
No! No! For God?s sake! He?s just a child! Can?t you see that? Racetrack!
(Medda is pulled back and Racetrack is dragged away. Jack and David get Sarah
and Les to safety. Then turn back to fight. Everywhere they go, they are
surrounded by cops or the crib. By Medda?s swing, they meet up with Snyder.
David sits on the swing.)
DAVID:
Push me!
(Jack shoves David, who hits Snyder in the face.)
DAVID:
Get out of here! Go!
(Jack runs as David and some other newsies hold Snyder off. Jack and Kid Blink
run outside and find they are surrounded by cops. One of them grabs for Jack,
but Kid Blink shoves him away.)KID BLINK:
Beat it!
(Jack runs back inside. Kid Blink gets hit with a club and is dragged away. Jack
starts to run up the stairs, but a man meets him at the top and punches him in
the chin. Jack falls back and is caught by cops. THE NEXT DAY- the newsies are
in court.)
BAILOFF:
All rise. All rise. Court is now in session. Judge E.A. Monahan presiding.
MONAHAN:
Are any of you boys represented by council? No? Good, that will move things
along considerably.
SPOT:
hey, yer honor, I object!
MONAHAN:
On what grounds?
SPOT:
On the grounds of Brooklyn, yer honor.
(The newsies crack up laughing. Monahan bangs on his desk.)
MONAHAN:
I fine each of you five dollars, or two weeks confinement in the House of
Refuge.
RACETRACK:
Whoa. We ain?t got five bucks. We don?t even got five cents. Hey, yer honor, how
?bout I roll you for it. Double or nothing?
MONAHAN:
Alright. Move along, move along.
(Denton, David and Les enter)
DENTON:
Your honor, I?ll pay the fines. All of them.
DAVID:
Hey, you fellas alright? Where?s Jack?
DENTON:
Look, we?ve got to meet at the restaurant. Everybody. We have to talk.
MONAHAN:
Pay the clerk. Move it along.
(Jack is lead in, handcuffed)
JACK:
Hey fellas!
RACETRACK:
Hey, Cowboy! Nice shiner!
JACK:
Hey, Denton. I guess we made all the papes this time. So, how?s my picture look?
DENTON:
None of the papers covered the rally. Not even the Sun.
BAILOFF:
Case of Jack Kelly. Inciting a riot. Assault. Resisting arrest.
SNYDER:
Judge Monahan, I?ll speak for this young man.
JACK:
You two know each other. Ain?t that nice.
MONAHAN:
Just move it along, Warden Snyder.
SNYDER:
This boy?s real name is Francis Sullivan. His mother?s deceased. His father?s a
convict in the state penitentiary. He?s an escapee from the House of Refuge
where his original sentence for three months was extended to six moths for
disruptive behavior.
JACK:
Like demanding we eat the food you steal from us.
SNYDER:
Followed by an additional six months for attempted escape.
JACK:
Attempted? Last time it wasn?t an attempted escape. Remember Snyder? Remember me
and Teddy Roosevelt? Remember Roosevelt and the carriage?
SNYDER:
Therefore, I ask that he be returned to the House of Refuge.
JACK:
What? For my own good, right? Move it along? For my own good and for what he
kicks back to you
SNYDER:
I ask that the court order his incarceration until the age of twenty-one, in the
hope that we may yet guide him to a useful and productive life.
MONAHAN:
So ordered.
LES:
No!
(Jack is led away. Snyder follows, then turns and smiles at the judge.)

Part III

(Jack is led away. Snyder follows, then turns and smiles at the judge. LATER-
The newsies sit in Tibby?s. Denton enters. They greet him)
DAVID:
Why didn?t the Sun print the story?
DENTON:
Because it never happened
RACETRACK:
What do you mean it never happened? You were there!
KID BLINK:
You wrote it!
DENTON:
It?s not in the papers, it never happened. The owners decreed it not be in the
papers, therefore? I came to tell you fellas good bye.
DAVID:
What happened? Did you get fired or something?
DENTON:
No, I got reassigned back to my old job as the Sun?s ace war corespondent. They
want me to leave right away. The owner thinks I should only cover the really
important stories. Wish me luck fellas. At least half of what I wish for you.
They don?t always fire. I would be black balled from every paper in the country.
I?m a newspaper man. I have to have a paper to write for. This is the story I
wrote about the rally. I want you to read it at least. This should cover it
(Denton pays the waiter and leaves. David crumples the story up and throws it on
a table)
DAVID:
We get Jack out of the Refuge tonight. From now on, we trust no one but the
newsies.
(The newsies get up and leave. Les uses Denton?s article to wrap his unfinished
hot dog in. THAT NIGHT- David, Les, Mush, Kid Blink, Racetrack and Boots sneak
into the Refuge?s gates. Kid Blink had a rope.)
DAVID:
That?s the window where we saw Crutchy
(They are about to move when they see Snyder leading Jack into a carriage.)
LES:
It?s Jack!
MUSH:
Where they takin? him Dave?
DAVID:
Only one way to find out. I?ll meet you guys at the square. Racetrack, watch
him.
(David hides in the back of the carriage, which goes to Pulitzer?s house. Seitz
is waiting outside for them.)
SEITZ:
Get him inside
(Snyder takes Jack?s arm and leads him in. David pulls out the pin that attaches
the horses to the carriage. INSIDE- Seitz leaves Jack in Pulitzer?s study.
Pulitzer enters.)
PULITZER:
Sit. Know what I was doing at your age, boy? I was in a war. The Civil War.
JACK:
Yeah, I heard of it. So, didja win?
PULITZER:
People think war is about right or wrong and not power.
JACK:
Yeah, I heard of that too. I don?t just sell your papes, Joe. Sometime I read
?em.
PULIZTER:
Power of the press is the greatest power of them all. I tell this city how to
think. I tell this city how to vote. I shape it?s future.
JACK:
Yeah? Well, right now I?m only thinking about one future, and that?s mine.
PULITZER:
So am I boy. I have the power to see you stay locked in the Refuge
JACK:
And I have the power to break out again.
PULITZER:
Or, I can see you released tomorrow, free and clear, with more money in your
pockets than you can earn in three lifetimes.
JACK:
Are you bribin? me, Joe?
PULITZER:
No
JACK:
Well, it?s been real nice chattin? with ya, Joe. But I got to be goin? now.
PULIZTER:
You listen to me, boy. You just shut your mouth and listen to me! You shut up
and listen to me for once! No game I?m playing. You work for me til the strike?s
over, and it will end, boy, make no mistake, with or without you. Then you go
where ever you want to buy a ticket for. Away from the Refuge, these foul
streets. Free. With money to spend and nobody chasing you
JACK:
We must have you scared pretty bad, old man
PULITZER:
I offer you freedom and money just to work for me again. To your friends, I
won?t be so kind. Now, you?re partner, what?s his name? David. I understand he
has a family. What do you think the Refuge will do to him? And it will be you
who put him there. And all the others, after all, you?re their leader. Go back
to the Refuge tonight, think about it. Give me your answer in the morning.
(Jack leaves. As he is being taken outside, Snyder lets go of him for one
second)
DAVID:
Jack! Come on! Come on!
(Jack slides down the railing and jumps over it. He and David take off)
SNYDER:
After him!
(The driver whips the horses, who take off without the carriage.)
SEITZ:
Don?t worry. He?s got no place to go
(David and Jack run into an alley. Jack slows down)
DAVID:
Come on! Keep running!
JACK:
You shouldn?t have done this, Dave. They could put you in jail
DAVID:
I don?t care
JACK:
Come here. What about your family? What happened to them if you go in jail. You
don?t know nothing about jail. Now, thanks for what you done, but you get out of
here
DAVID:
I don?t understand
JACK:
I don?t understand either, but just get outta here!
DAVID:
No!
JACK:
Go!
(David turns slowly and walks away. Jack leans against a wall. Suddenly, he?s
leaning against a wall in the Refuge.)
JACK:
Santa Fe
My old friend
I can?t spend my whole life hidin?
You?re the only light that?s guidin? me today
(Crutchy opens a little slot in the door. He has a potato)
CRUCTHY:
Psst! Jack! Look! I snitched it off Snyder?s plate while I was serving him. It?s
the biggest one. Oh, Mr. Snyder was eating good tonight. You know the stuff that
we don?t ever get? He got potatoes, olives, liver, bacon, sauerkraut. And guess
what I done to his sauerkraut, huh?
JACK:
So, what?d it get ya?
CRUTCHY:
Oh, anudder three months, probably, but you can?t let ?em get you, right Jack?
That?s what you always said
JACK:
We was beat when we was born
(Crutchy frowns and closes the slot)
JACK:
Will you keep a candle burnin?
Will you help me find my way?
You?re my chance to break free
And who knows when my next one will be
Santa Fe
Wait for me
(The newsies are picketing outside the World building.)
NEWSIES:
Stop the World! No more papes! Stop the World! No more papes! (etc.)
(The police form a barricade. Some of the newsies start to fight amongst
themselves.)
DAVID:
Race! Help me! I need some help!
RACETRACK:
Alright! I ain?t deaf!
SPOT:
Hey, hey, hey! Break it up. Hey, Race, come here.
(Weasel leads Jack out. He?s in a new suit)
RACETRACK:
What?
SPOT:
Just tell me I?m seeing things. Just tell me I?m seeing things.
RACETRACK:
No, you ain?t seeing things. That?s Jack. What?s he doing?
SPOT:
He?s dressed like a scabber!
MUSH:
Jack? Jack, look at me, will ya? Come on, it?s me, Mush. Look at me. What are
you doin?, Jack?
KID BLINK:
This ain?t happening. This can?t be happening. What are you doin? Jack? Come on,
what are you doin??
BOOTS:
Come on. What is this? Where?d you get them clothes?
WEASEL:
Mr. Pulitzer picked them out himself. A special gift to a special new employee.
SPOT:
He sold us out!
RACETRACK:
I?ll give you a new suit! You bum! I?ll soak ya!
SPOT:
Hey, hey, hey! Let me get my hands dirty. Come here you dirty rotten scabber!
Traitor!
(Some newsies pull Spot away. David stares at Jack)
WEASEL:
Aww. You wanna talk to him? Come on, come on. Sure. Got right ahead.
(David walks up to Jack)
DAVID:
So, this is why you didn?t escape last night. You?re a liar! You lied about
everything. You lied about your father being out west, ?cause he?s not out west!
You didn?t even tell me your real name!
JACK:
So? What you wanna do about it Dave?
DAVID:
I don?t understand you.
JACK:
Oh, so let me spell it out for ya. You see, I ain?t got nobody tucking me in at
night, like you. It?s just me, I gotta look out for myself.
DAVID:
You had the newsies
JACK:
Oh, what?d being a newsies ever give me but a dime a day and a few black eyes?
You know, I can?t afford to be a kid no more, Dave. For the first time in my
life, I got money in my pockets. Real money. Money, you understand? I got more
on the way and as soon as I collect, I?m gone, I?m away. Alright?
DAVID:
Well, that?s good. That?s good because we don?t need you! We don?t need you! All
those words you said, those were mine.
JACK:
Yeah, but you never had the guts to put them across yourself, didja?
DAVID:
I do now
(Dave starts to go back to the newsies, then turns to look at Jack again.)
JACK:
What?sa matta? Got a problem?
(David rushes towards Jack, but Weasel and a few policemen pull him away.)
WEASEL:
Maybe you?d like a new suit of your own, huh?
DAVID:
Never! Never!
WEASEL:
Get outta here! Get outta here!
DAVID:
I?m not like you!
(The cops surround Jack so the newsies can?t get him. The newsies watch him go.)
SPOT:
Traitor!
KID BLINK:
You make me sick!
BOOTS:
I trusted you!
RACETRACK:
Seize the day, huh Jack?
LES:
He?s foolin? ?em, so he can spy on ?em or something. Yeah, yeah, that?s it. He?s
foolin? ?em!
RACETRACK:
Yeah, he?s spying on then, kid.
(Sarah is going through a pile of lace. She finds Les?s old hot dog)
SARAH:
Les. What is this?
LES:
Savin? it
(He takes the hot dog and leaves the article in Sarah?s hands. She looks at it.)
SARAH:
David. It?s Denton?s article. ?The Dark Truth; Why Our City Really Fears The
Newsies Strike? by Bryan Denton. ?Last night I saw naked force excised against
mere boys, the newsies, who were??
(David climes out the window, slams it, then storms off the fire escape. THAT
NIGHT-Weasel leads Jack to his new bedroom, the basement of the World building.)
WEASEL:
One trick, Cowboy, and it?s right back to the Refuge. Please.
(He throws a dust covered sheet to Jack.
WEASEL:
Ah. You gonna be requiring anything this evening? Huh? No? Aww..tick tick. Well
then, I ought to be saying good night. Remember, on trick and I go straight to
Mr. Pulitzer.
(He exits, leaving Jack alone. MORNING- Jack goes to collect his papers. Oscar
and Morris come up behind him.)
WEASEL:
Sleep well Cowboy?
OSCAR:
Come with us Cowboy. We?re gonna go fix you?re pal, Davey. Fix him so he can?t
walk.
MORRIS:
Shut up
(Jack starts to go after them.)
WEASEL:
Ah! Lift one finger and it?s right back to the Refuge. Next!
(Jack picks up his papers and leaves. LATER THAT MORNING- Sarah is walking to
work with Les. She has a basket full of lace.)
SARAH:
Morning
LADY:
Good mornin?, dear.
(Oscar ?bumps? into her)
OSCAR:
?Cuse me, Sweetface.
(She continues to walk with Oscar behind her. Morris steps out in front of her.)
MORRIS:
Where?s your little brother, Tootsie? Where?s little Davey?
(Sarah tries to get by, but the brothers push her around.)LES:
Leave my sister alone!
(He shoves Oscar. Morris holds onto Sarah while Oscar pushed Les into a puddle.)
SARAH:
Stop it! Leave him alone!
(Oscar shoves Les into a pile of baskets. Sarah shoves Morris away.)
SAR
Last Update:June, 13th 2016

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