Milburn - A local theater is in the spotlight after a musical that debuted there received eight Tony Award nominations today.

"Newsies," a Disney-produced musical, debuted at the Paper Mill Playhouse last fall before making the leap to Broadway. It is the first original musical to transfer to Broadway in the theater's 73-year history.

Artistic director Mark Hoebee hopes the success of "Newsies" will help the theater's chances to present more new shows.

The show?s nominations include Best Original Score and Best Musical.