Is New Disney Musical Newsies Headed to Broadway?

News   Is New Disney Musical Newsies Headed to Broadway?
The new Disney stage musical Newsies, which officially opened Sept. 25 to critical acclaim at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, may be headed to Broadway.

Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan
Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan Photo by T. Charles Erickson

The New York Times reports that executives from both Jujamcyn Theaters and the Nederlander Organization have approached Disney about bringing the new musical to one of their Broadway houses.

Although Disney still plans to "release the title for licensing," executives are open to the idea of a Broadway engagement. Although no official announcement has been made, the New York Post speculates that the production may open in April 2012 at the Nederlander Theatre.

Whether star Jeremy Jordan will be available for the production remains unanswered. Jordan is contracted to star in the new Broadway musical Bonnie & Clyde, which is also directed by Newsies director Jeff Calhoun. Bonnie & Clyde is scheduled to begin previews in November.

The Newsies cast is headed by Jordan as Jack Kelly, Tony nominee John Dossett as newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, RJ Fattori and Vincent Agnello sharing the role of Les, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, Tommy Bracco as Spot Conlon, Brendon Stimson as Oscar Delancey, Mike Faist as Morris Delancey and Kara Lindsay as Katherine.

Also featured 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) with Aaron J. Albano, Ryan Breslin, Kyle Coffman, Max Ehrich, JP Ferreri, Garett Hawe, Corey Hummerston, Evan Kasprzak, Andy Richardson, Scott Shedenhelm and Ryan Steele. Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) choreographs the production, which also features musical supervision/vocal and incidental music arrangements by Michael Kosarin, musical direction by David Holcenberg, orchestrations by Danny Troob, scenic design by Tobin Ost, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and projection design by Sven Ortel.

Rounding out the creative team are sound designer Randy Hansen, hair and wig designer Chuck LaPointe, fight director J. Allen Suddeth and dialect coach Shane Ann Younts. Thomas J. Gates serves as production stage manager.

Adapted from the 1992 live-action film, the new musical features music by 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, according to press notes, is "inspired by the real life 'Newsboy Strike of 1899,' when newsboy Kid Blink led the ragged orphans and runaways known as newsies on a two-week-long action against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, the musical is the tale of newsie Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when Pulitzer and Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsies' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike."

Performances will continue through Oct. 16.

Single tickets are on sale and range in price from $25-$96. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at

Jeremy Jordan and company
Jeremy Jordan and company Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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