Noni White

Noni White is an American writer and actress. White is best known for co-creating and writing the screenplay for Newsies along with her husband Bob Tzudiker, which was based on the real-life[1] Newsboys' strike of 1899. Newsies began as a "classic underdog story ripped from the history books", with writers Tzudiker and White approaching producer Michael Finnell with an idea for a nonmusical drama; however, Disney studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg redirected the project to become a musical.[2]

Noni White
OccupationScreenwriter, actress
Notable work
Newsies (1992)
The Lion King (1994)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Anastasia (1997)
Tarzan (1999)
102 Dalmatians (2000)
Tarzan II (2005)
Partner(s)Bob Tzudiker

She also shares writing credit on Disney's Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 102 Dalmatians and Anastasia. She also contributed to the film The Lion King and has written screenplays for every major studio.[3]

The stage version of Newsies opened March 29, 2012,[4] and closed on August 24, 2014, grossing over $100 million.[5] The 2017 three-day cinema showing of Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical! broke ticketing records to become the highest-grossing Broadway event to date from Fathom Events.[6]

She is a member of the writers' branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She received several nominations for the Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production.[7]

Noni also works as an actress, and has appeared in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, 7th Heaven and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, among many others.[8]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1997 Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
1999 Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
2006 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Screenplay (for a DVD Premiere Movie)
Tarzan II


  1. ^ Desson Howe. "‘Newsies’ (PG)" The Washington Post. April 10, 1992
  2. ^ Grady Smith. "The cult of 'Newsies'" Entertainment. May 11, 2012
  3. ^ Joe Montague. "Newsies Opens on Broadway – Interview with the Writers" '’Riveting Riffs Magazine. January 2012
  4. ^ Playbill. "Playbill: Who's Who in the Cast" March 29, 2012
  5. ^ Patrick Healy. "‘Newsies’ to Close in August" The New York Times. June 22, 2014
  6. ^ Boxoffice Staff. "Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! Becomes Top-Grossing Broadway Event in Fathom Events History" 'Box Office Pro. February 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "IMDB: Noni White Awards".
  8. ^ "IMDB: Noni White".