THE LEADING MEN: Broadway Newcomer Corey Cott Seizes the Day in Disney's Newsies

By Michael Gioia
02 Mar 2013

Cott and wife Meghan celebrate their wedding at Disney World

Before entering the world of Newsies, Cott said that he was most looking forward to planning his January wedding (and honeymoon at one of his favorite locations — Disney World). Then, he said, the show "took over for a bit, which is kind of nice because it let Meg focus on [the wedding planning, while] I was able to start a life here and kind of get a grip on who I am as a person in New York City, and who I am as an actor in New York, and who my friends are and what our community is like… So I felt like it was a much easier transition to have a stable job for six months, and for her to come here and me introduce her to the world of what New York and Broadway is. She's not in the business or anything."

Despite the fact that his wife is not a "theatre person," Cott explained that they bond over sports — his other passion. "I've always been a big sports person. When I come home at night, I turn on Sports Center," said Cott — who was heavily involved in basketball and golf before he was bitten by the theatre bug in high school — with a laugh. "Sports was the first thing that taught me about teamwork…and I grew up in a sports family, even though all three of us are now artists — my brother, sister and I. My brother's an actor now, and my sister is a photographer."

Cott's childhood also included a friendship with his current Newsies co-star Ben Fankhauser. "We literally grew up together, since we were ages 13 and 14," said Cott. "Ben was always a good friend, and we've probably done at least ten shows together — the last show, actually, being Rent. We played Mark and Roger, which is crazy because now we're in the Nederlander playing opposite each other, and Jack and Davey are — Ben and I were actually just talking about this — very, very synonymous to Roger and Mark."

"Like I said before, everything just gets better and better with every day. The fact that I am on Broadway, and the fact that I'm playing the lead role, and the fact that I'm able to tell this story that I love, and the fact that it's Disney — a company that I've wanted to work for my whole life — and then the fact that one of my good friends growing up is playing opposite me…! That was kind of like the icing on the cake," added Cott — Newsies newest "King of New York."

( staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)

Cott's performance of "Santa Fe" at Broadway in Bryant Park: