Newsies Tour Wrap-Up

Wrap up of my time as a Stage Manager on the tour of the Broadway musical of Disney's Newsies.

After over 2 years on the road, Newsies has played its final performance. It’s been a crazy ride, and although tough at many times, I look back with fond memories. Here’s my wrap up:

By the Numbers

Total # of performances: 761 (with 15 previews)

Total # of Calls: 173

Me calling the show as Stage Manager

Total # of Cities (including returns): 70

Total # of States: 34 + Washington, DC

Total # of Canadian Cities: 5

Total # of Baseball Stadiums Visited: 3 (Cubs, Red Sox, Houston Astros – twice in one week)


Total # of Aquariums Visited: 5 (Shedd, Monterey Bay, New England, Georgia, Sea Life Sydney – on vacation)


Total # of Visits to a Disney Theme Park: 3 (I had only been to Disney World once before)



Favorite City: Tie between San Francisco & New Orleans

Least Favorite City: Columbus, OH

1st City: Schenectady, NY

In Schenectady, NY
In Schenectady, NY

Last City: Austin, TX



Favorite Abode: Corporate apartment in Toronto, ON – right next to the theater with large terrace

Least Favorite Abode: Millennium Hotel in Nashville or ANY Extended Stay


Favorite Tourist Attraction: San Francisco Bay Bridge

2015-03-06-13-22-42Most Overrated: The Alamo


Most Memorable Meal: Meat & Potatoes in Pittsburgh (went 3x in one week) and Flight in Memphis

Food flight @ Flight
Food flight @ Flight

Collections: You Are Here mugs from Starbucks and photos of every Stage Door

Stage Door in Chicago
Stage Door in Chicago

Best Travel Day: Driving the Pacific Coast Highway from San Jose to Costa Mesa

dsc_0674Worst Travel Day: 12 hours on a bus through mountains and thunder storms from Nashville to Durham


Most Visited Airport: Detroit (6 times)

Most Visited State: California (6 cities + one return to LA)

Most Visited City: Chicago (2 engagements + 4 visits to my husband during Book of Mormon and Spongebob)


Best Newsies Moment: Tie between Calling the show for the 1st time in Chicago and Filming the show for release in movie theaters

(Calling the show means the Stage Manager calls all lighting, sound, automation cues, essentially anything that happens in a show is called by a SM first, so it’s a big deal. Chicago was where I got my start so it was very special)


Worst Newsies Moment: Loading in to our smallest venue in DC summer with broken A/C and down a Stage Manager…




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