Newsies Will Record Original Cast Album in March; Live Chat Set for Feb. 16

News   Newsies Will Record Original Cast Album in March; Live Chat Set for Feb. 16
 
The cast of the new Disney musical Newsies, which begins previews on Broadway March 15 at the Nederlander Theatre, will record the show's original cast album March 3-5. The recording will be available in the spring from Ghostlight Records.

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

Cast members Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Tommy Bracco, Kyle Coffman and Ephraim Sykes will also take part in a live chat Feb. 16 at 6:30 PM ET at youtube.com/disneyonbroadway. Questions may be sent via Twitter using the hashtag #newsieschat.

The strictly limited 101-performance engagement will run through June 10. Opening night is scheduled for March 29.

The cast will feature Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, John Dossett (2003 revival of Gypsy) as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay (Little House on the Prairie) as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins (The Civil War; The Look of Love; Caroline, or Change; and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as Medda, Ben Fankhauser (Spring Awakening national tour) as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mary Poppins) as Crutchie and Lewis Grosso (Mary Poppins) and Matthew Schechter (Elf) alternating the role of Les. (Jordan, Dossett, Lindsay, Fankhauser and Keenan-Bolger will all reprise the roles they created in the Paper Mill Playhouse production last fall.)

The ensemble of Newsies will feature Aaron J. Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John E. Brady, Ryan Breslin, Kevin Carolan, Caitlyn Caughell, Kyle Coffman, Mike Faist, Michael Fatica, Julie Foldesi, Garett Hawe, Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak, Jess Le Protto, Stuart Marland, Andy Richardson, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan, Ephraim Sykes, Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong and Stuart Zagnit.

Newsies features a score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). The musical, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Big River revival) and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific revival). "Set in New York City at the turn of the century," Newsies, according to press notes, is the "rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right."

Newsies is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

For more information or to register for advance ticket access notifications, visit NewsiesTheMusical.com, Facebook.com/Newsies and Twitter.com/Newsies. The Nederlander Theatre box office (208 West 41st Street) is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM-8 PM through March 11. Beginning March 12, box-office hours will be Monday through Saturday 10 AM-8 PM and Sunday 11 AM-7 PM.

Tickets are also available for purchase through NewsiesTheMusical.com or by calling Ticketmaster’s Disney on Broadway hotline at (866) 870-2717.

Tickets are also on sale to groups of 15 or more by calling (800) 439-9000 or visiting www.disneytheatricalsales.com/newsies.

Outside the Nederlander Theatre
Outside the Nederlander Theatre Photo by Monica Simoes
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