Pomp and Circumstance! Teenage Newsies Celebrate High School Graduation on Broadway

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20 Jun 2013

John Dossett handed out the diplomas
John Dossett handed out the diplomas
Photo by Monica Simoes

Not many high school students have the chance to accept their high school diploma on a Broadway stage. Four teenagers from the Disney musical Newsies did just that June 19, when they celebrated their accomplishments on stage at the Nederlander Theatre.

In the company of the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies, four young ensemble members — original cast member Andy Richardson, who now stars as Jack Kelly's sidekick Crutchie, twin brothers Jacob Guzman and David Guzman, and Hogan Fulton — completed their final year of high school. Since the newsboys were unable to graduate with their high school class, they donned their cap and gowns on Broadway following the June 19 matinee at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.

Disney Theatrical Productions president Thomas Schumacher took the stage following the Newsies matinee performance and asked the audience to take their seats and be part of the cast members' "Graduation Day." As the orchestra played "Pomp and Circumstance," John Dossett, who stars as Joseph Pulitzer, and Tom Alan Robbins, who plays Roosevelt, handed out diplomas to the graduates. The foursome turned their tassels and threw their caps in the air to celebrate their accomplishments.

Following the ceremony, Playbill.com caught up with the actors, who gushed about their graduation day on Broadway and explained their plans for the future.


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