It was a glorious day Wednesday, March 11th when 38 residents boarded a motorcoach for San Francisco to see Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical, Newsies.
It also happened to be the birthday of Jerry Hedrick. His wife, Karel, brought a cooler on board with bottles of Champagne and Sparkling Cider to serve the theater goers. It was Dennie Hansen’s birthday the following day so Karel gave a toast and glasses were raised for a cheer to Jerry and Dennie. Then melodious voices sang Happy Birthday. That brought a festive mood that continued all afternoon.
On board were Harv and Barcy Tzudiker, whose son Bob, in collaboration with his wife Noni, wrote the story of Newsies for the Disney film which was then turned into the Musical. Bob and Noni live in Los Angeles, but were in town for this special day for Paradise Valley Estates’ residents to attend the show. They were kind enough to guide all of us to the stage after the show to meet some performers and the Company Manager, Ellen. During the question and answer period, Ellen told us about the dancers’ life on the road for months at a time. She also talked about how the props and costumes all travel as well as the performers. You could see the heart-felt love Bob and Noni have for their work being shared with thousands across America.
Upon our return the dining staff had prepared a special meal for us. Before and after dinner, Bob told us how he and Noni came up with the subject matter of the paper boys of New York in 1899. The paper boys formed a union so they could strike against the Pulitzer Publishing Company because of unfair wages and won. He thanked his parents for the weeks of research they did for the story at the Library of Congress. The information was not available to them in LA. It was fascinating to hear the process they had to go through for the story to become a film. Bob credited Noni for her persistence in convincing Disney to turn the film into the musical. Everyone was happy with the entire event.
We all look forward to many more Theater trips in the future. This was a very special day, because of the personal connection of PVE residents Harv and Barcy!