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When we originally chose to produce Newsies for this season, we looked forward to celebrating messages of perseverance and community during COVID-19. Since then, young people across our country have been using their voices to spearhead revolutionary movements. In addition to serving our original intent, MUSKET’s Newsies in Concert is a fitting reflection on systems that support inequity and help to remind us that through the power of action, justice prevails. Newsies in Concert will be an outlet for uplifting voices and inspiring progress. 


MUSKET’s Newsies in Concert will be rehearsing in strict accordance with the University’s COVID-19 Policies. The MUSKET Team is prepared to transition the process to any format necessary with safety as our number one priority. We encourage students of all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to audition and get involved with this innovative theatrical production.


“Now is the time to seize the day”


- MUSKET Producers



Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman and Book by Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Drake George

Music Directed by Eric Banitt

After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, NEWSIES tells the story of Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys, and how they take action. With the help of a journalist, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of unity. NEWSIES is based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899.

Stay Tuned for updates on our Winter Production.



Founded in 1908 as the Michigan Union Opera Company, MUSKET was once a small, all-male theatre troupe that specialized in presenting works written by University of Michigan students.  Later realizing the irreverent nature of their gender limitations, the organization shifted its focus in 1956 to include students of all genders and changed their name to "Michigan Union Shows, Ko-Eds, Too", or MUSKET for short.  With this shift also came a change in the organization's content - instead of producing student written operettas MUSKET began presenting Broadway-style musicals, a tradition that has lasted over 50 years.  


Today, MUSKET has become an integral part of the University of Michigan experience.  Whether it be as an actor on stage, a crew member behind the scenes, or an audience member in the distinguished Power Center venue, there are many opportunities for University of Michigan students to become involved.   Each year, MUSKET presents two musical productions: one in the fall semester and one in the winter semester.  MUSKET has presented a wide variety of shows ranging from classics like WEST SIDE STORY and OKLAHOMA to more contemporary works such as HAIRSPRAY and RENT and continues to explore ways in which quality theatre can be presented to the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor community. MUSKET is also proud to lay claim to many alums working in the industry, such as Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Jack O'Brien, Andrew Lippa, and many more. We invite you to check out one of our upcoming productions and be a part of this historic tradition!




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