Jeff Calhoun to Direct and Christopher Gattelli to Choreograph Newsies; Creative Team Complete

News   Jeff Calhoun to Direct and Christopher Gattelli to Choreograph Newsies; Creative Team Complete
 
Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, who will be represented on Broadway later this season with Bonnie & Clyde, will direct the Paper Mill Playhouse's upcoming production of the new Disney stage musical Newsies, which begins previews Sept. 15 at the New Jersey venue with an official opening scheduled for Sept. 25.

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Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) will choreograph the production, which will also feature musical supervision/vocal and incidental music arrangements by Michael Kosarin, musical direction by David Holcenberg, 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 will serve 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."

Casting will be announced at a later date. Performances will continue through Oct. 16. Single tickets are now 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 www.papermill.org.

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