Bonnie & Clyde's Jeremy Jordan Will Star in Broadway's Newsies
By Andrew Gans
Jeremy Jordan, the recent Bonnie & Clyde star who created the role of rebellious newsboy leader Jack Kelly in Newsies last fall at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, will play that role when the show arrives at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.
As previously reported, Broadway previews will begin March 15 at the Nederlander for a strictly limited 101 performance engagement through June 10. Opening night is scheduled for March 29.
Jordan has also appeared on Broadway in Rock of Ages and West Side Story; he is also part of the cast of the new film "Joyful Noise."
The full Newsies cast will be announced shortly.
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."
Newsies is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
For more information or to register for advance ticket access notifications, visit NewsiesTheMusical.com, Facebook.com/Newsies and Twitter.com/Newsies. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 30. Tickets are already on sale to groups of 15 or more by calling (800) 439-9000 or visiting www.disneytheatricalsales.com/newsies.
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