This week, September 1, the compeny of Paper Mill Playhouse's Newsies delivered their first performance preview to the press. BroadwayWorld was on hand and spoke with the cast and creative team following the performance. Click below to meet the company and see new performance footage!
Click here for the performance preview and here for complete photo coverage of the event.
In Newsies, revolutionary newsie Jack Kelly will be portrayed by Jeremy Jordan of Broadway's West Side Story and Rock of Ages. Tony® Award nominee John Dossett will play newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer. The show begins performances on Thursday, September 15. The official press opening is scheduled for Sunday, September 25. Check out our video below!
Featuring music by eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid), lyrics by Jack Feldman and a new book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is adapted for the stage from the 1992 live-action Disney feature film musical. Newsies will be directed at Paper Mill Playhouse by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun (The Will Rogers Follies Brooklyn The Musical, Grey Gardens). Tony® nominated Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Altar Boyz, Silence: The Musical) serves as choreographer.
Jeremy Jordan (Jack Kelly) recently starred on Broadway as Tony in the revival of West Side Story. This winter, Jordan will return to Broadway to star in the new musical Bonnie and Clyde. This holiday season, Jordan will play Dolly Parton's grandson in the new film Joyful Noise.
Jordan will be joined by fellow newsies: Ben Fankhauser as Davey; RJ Fattori and Vincent Agnellosharing the role of Les; Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie; Tommy Bracco as Spot Conlon;Brendon Stimson as Oscar Delancey, Mike Faist as Morris Delancey; Aaron J. Albano, Ryan Breslin, Kyle Coffman, Max Ehrich (Jack U/S), JP Ferreri, Garett Hawe, Corey Hummerston, Evan Kasprzak, Andy Richardson, Scott Shedenhelm and Ryan Steele. Tony® Award nominee and Broadway veteran John Dossett portrays newspaper tycoon Joseph Pulitzer. Kara Lindsay plays Katherine, a role created for the stage version of Newsies.
Rounding out the cast are: Mark Aldrich (Seitz), Helen Anker (Medda), John E. Brady (Wiesel),Kevin Carolan (Roosevelt), Julie Foldesi (Ms. Baum), Stuart Marland (Snyder), Michael McArthur,Jack Scott, Nick Sullivan (Bunsen) and Laurie Veldheer (Hannah).