PLAYBILL PICKS: From Jafar to Scar to Gaston, A Rogues' Gallery of Disney Stage Villains

By Michael Gioia
07 Apr 2012



Jeremy Jordan and John Dossett
Photo by Deen van Meer

Villain: Joseph Pulitzer
Musical: Newsies
Crime: When newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer realizes that circulation of the New York World is down, he decides to raise the price that newsboys pay for "papes" to compensate for the losses. Although Jack Kelly and his fellow newsies form a union and go on strike in hopes to correct the price, Pulitzer is unwilling to back down.
Onstage: The role of Pulitzer was recently created by Tony Award nominee John Dossett (Gypsy, Mamma Mia!, Ragtime, Fifth of July), who also performed the role prior to Broadway at Paper Mill Playhouse last fall.
Musical Numbers: Pulitzer, who was not seen singing in the 1992 film, was given the song "The News is Getting Better" at Paper Mill Playhouse, which was later replaced with "The Bottom Line" for Broadway.

For more on Broadway's Newsies, visit the Playbill Vault.