By Matthew Blank
and Michael Gioia
20 Apr 2012
"We went to support our friends and lovers in Memphis," said leading lady Kara Lindsay.
Digital camera in hand, Lindsay and the gang from Newsies Square documented their adventures in the city before and after catching understudy—and friend—Kevin Massey in the role of DJ Huey Calhoun. Massey, who stepped in for Tony nominee Adam Pascal, can be seen shouting "Hockadoo" through April 22. To show their support, cast members from Newsies attended the first night of his weeklong run—cheering from the front row.
Additionally, Music Director Kenny Seymour snapped shots of both casts meeting onstage at night's end.
Memphis is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony-nominated Bedroom Farce and the film "My Dinner With Andre"). It has direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
Songs in the production are "Underground," "The Music of My Soul," "Ain't Nothin' But a Kiss," "Everybody Wants to Be Black on a Saturday Night," "Make Me Stronger," "Colored Women," "Someday," "She's My Sister," "Radio," "Say a Prayer," "Big Love," "Love Will Stand When All Else Falls," "Stand Up," "Change Don't Come Easy," "Memphis Lives in Me" and "Steal Your Rock 'n' Roll."
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."
For more information visit NewsiesTheMusical.com, Facebook.com/Newsies and Twitter.com/Newsies.