Broadway’s ‘Newsies’ to close

NEW YORK – Stop the presses: Broadway’s “Newsies” is closing.

Disney Theatrical Productions said Sunday it will shutter the high-energy musical about newsboys after the Aug. 24 performance, pulling the plug on a 2-year-old show that has earned more than $100 million over some 1,000 shows but has seen its weekly take dip in recent months. The bad news for “Newsies” fans may be softened somewhat by details on a North American tour that launches in October and will play 25 cities – including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington, D.C – during the 2014-15 season.

“Newsies” is based on the 1899 true story of child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York who go on strike. A 1992 film, starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret, did poorly at the box office but has become something of a cult hit.