April 17 – May 3, 2020

Directed & Choreographed by: Terri Cline

Book by: Harvey Fierstein

Music by: Alan Menken

Lyrics by: Jack Feldman

Following the recommendation of Governor Newsom…

The Ovation Theatre has cancelled all performances of Newsies through April 12th to help prevent the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus. At this time, performances of Newsies are scheduled to resume on April 17th. We will continue to monitor the situation and adhere to state recommendations.

For those patrons who have already purchased tickets to the cancelled performances, please contact our box office to transfer tickets to the Newsies re-opening, or to any other show of the season.

These  circumstances are unprecedented and we are working hard to ensure the safety of our audience, volunteers, and artists. We thank you for your understanding and support in this endeavor. We wish wellness to the community and to all the theaters and businesses in Bakersfield. We are looking forward to seeing the arts and the community shine bright again when the crisis has passed.

Sincerely and humbly,

Adam, Bien, Hal, Jason and the whole Ovation Family


In 1899, New York got it’s news from the army of ragged orphans and runaways called Newsies. They sold newspapers for the giants of the industry like Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Like many of his friends, Jack Kelly dreams of a better life far away from the hardships of the streets. But when Pulitzer and Hearst raise distribution prices at the Newsies expense, Jack leads the weak and oppressed to find strength to band together to challenge the powerful.

What follows is toe tapping inspirational songs that will leave you feeling hopeful.



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