Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)

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Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical: Directed by Jeff Calhoun, Brett Sullivan. With Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this is a not-to-be-missed high energy show starring Original Broadway cast members.

“Fortunately, the great performances, singing, and the opportunity for close-ups of the actors make this recording of the stage production of NEWSIES well worth seeing. I feared, however, that they would not know how to film the dance numbers, and I was correct. Too many quick cuts, too many close-ups of only a few of the dancers, detract greatly from the dance numbers. While the camera adds some good rear and overhead shots of the dancers that you canu0026#39;t get in a live performance, these too go by in a flash. The dancers have great technique and energy all on their own. The camera doesnu0026#39;t need to add any movement or energy to the proceedings, like it does when you are trying to cover for poor dancers. These folks are great, but the camera-work doesnu0026#39;t allow us to see them for more than a fraction of a second at a time. If the director wanted to see how Broadway dances should be photographed, all he need do is look at any Tony Awards broadcast–mainly longer shots, with a few angle shots thrown in, and close-ups only when a particular step or piece of business needs to be highlighted. But directors and editors would rather show off than respect the dance.”

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