Long before he was carving up yuppies to the sounds of Phil Collins and rasping his way through Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, Christian Bale was singing and dancing as a striking New York City newsboy in Disney’s “Newsies.” This 1991 flop was a major setback for Bale, then known as the star of Steven Spielberg’s great “Empire of the Sun.”
But in the years that followed, Bale rebounded with roles in “Little Women” and Jane Campion’s “Portrait of a Lady,” culminating with leads in Todd Haynes’s glam-stravaganza “Velvet Goldmine” and finally, in 2000, the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation “American Psycho.”
Surprisingly, “Newsies” fare pretty well, too. The film became something of a cult classic over the years, and finally made it to Broadway with a hit stage adaptation. The film that started it all remains something of a curio, and makes for an interesting selection as part of the Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport’s “Movie Musical Tuesday” series.
“Newsies,” which co-starred Robert Duvall and features songs by Alan Menken and J.A.C. Redford, screens at 1 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 19.
Tickets are just $5 for this series held on the third Tuesday of each month. “Mamma Mia!” follows on Sept. 16, with “The Phantom of the Opera” on Oct. 21.
And to stick with this week’s musical theme, the Riviera Theatre’s “Movie Musicals — Act II” series has three offerings left: “The Wizard of Oz,” Aug. 21; “Mary Poppins,” Aug. 28; and “The Phantom of the Opera,” Sept. 4.