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Newsies Is Leaving Broadway for a National Tour

The musical has fared better at the box office than the movie

The film flop turned Broadway hit Newsies will be ending its two-year run this summer, producers said Sunday, and will launch a national tour in the fall.

“Our last Broadway performance will be Aug 24,” said a post on the show’s Twitter feed. “Thank you for all the love & we hope to see you once more before we begin our tour this fall!”

Though the 1992 film flamed out at the box office, the musical has been a surprising success. It won Tony Awards for best choreography and best score in 2012, and has raked in a whopping $100 million so far. More than one million people have seen the show, the New York Times reports. The national tour that starts in October will take the show to 25 cities in 43 weeks, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“From our first performance, we have been humbled by the spontaneous and genuine outpouring of affection from fans and the theatre community alike,” Disney Theatrical Productions head Thomas Schumacher said in a statement. “When our tour launches in October, I’m thrilled that audiences across North America will be able to experience the adrenaline rush that is Newsies.”

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