PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Newsies Stars Corey Cott and Kara Lindsay Pick Their Favorite Alan Menken Tunes

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26 Jun 2013

Kara Lindsay and Corey Cott in <i>Newsies</i>.
Kara Lindsay and Corey Cott in Newsies.
Photo by Heidi Gutman

Corey Cott and Kara Lindsay star as rebellious paperboy Jack Kelly and his love interest, journalist Katherine Plumber, respectively, in Newsies, which features a Tony-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Here, the duo pick their favorite Menken songs as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.

"I grew up listening to various Alan Menken songs, so they all hold a happy place in my heart," said Lindsay, who originated the role of Katherine at Paper Mill Playhouse, where the musical received its world premiere in September 2011.

The Broadway production took home 2012 Tony Awards for Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli) and Best Original Score (Menken and Feldman) and was nominated for Best Actor (Jeremy Jordan), Best Book (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction (Jeff Calhoun), Best Orchestrations (Daniel Troob), Best Scenic Design (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel) and Best Musical.

"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."

Playbill.com asked Newsies stars Cott and Lindsay to pick their favorite songs from Tony winner Menken and tell us why they made the list.

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