One thing that the folks at Disney do better than anyone else (with the possible exception of Steve Jobs) is to figure out ways to wring money out of their existing products. The latest property to be adapted as a new revenue source? The 1992 musical 'Newsies,' which brought us a singin', dancin' teenage Christian Bale, leading a labor strike by downtrodden newsboys at the turn of the last century.

'Newsies' was not a box-office success. In fact, it was a huge, expensive flop. Yet, Oscar-winning composer Alan Mencken ('Beauty and the Beast,' 'Aladdin') has confirmed that he's collaborating with Harvey Fierstein ('Torch Song Trilogy,' 'La Cage aud Folles') to update the musical for the Broadway stage. Menken co-wrote the original film's songs with lyricist Jack Feldman. (Check out a clip -- and an adorable, very young Bale -- after the jump.)
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In this musical, homeless New York City newsboy Jack "Cowboy" Kelly (Christian Bale) befriends two newcomers... Read More

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