Original Cast Recording of Newsies Debuts in Billboard Top 200
By Andrew Gans
The original Broadway cast recording of the new Disney musical Newsies, which was released digitally on iTunes April 10 from Ghostlight Records, has landed at #1 on the Top Broadway Chart, #27 on the Top Digital Chart and #74 on the Billboard Top 200.
The physical CD will arrive in stores May 15. Pre-orders that are placed through http://www.newsiesthemusical.com/music will be shipped April 30. (For other show and vocal recordings, visit the Playbill Store.)
The recording is produced by Alan Menken, Michael Kosarin, Frank Filipetti and Chris Montan; executive producer is Kurt Deutsch.
The track listing follows:
CD Only Bonus Tracks (not available on digital downloads):
The Broadway score features songs from the film — many with new lyrics, counterpoints and arrangements to suit new plot points — and six songs added for the stage, including three newly written for Broadway since the Paper Mill production. The three new songs are titled "The Bottom Line," "That's Rich" and "Something to Believe In."
The complete song list for the Broadway production follows:
Santa Fe (Prologue): Jack and Crutchie
The cast features Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, John Dossett (2003 revival of Gypsy) as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay (Little House on the Prairie) as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins (The Civil War; The Look of Love; Caroline, or Change; and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as Medda, Ben Fankhauser (Spring Awakening national tour) as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mary Poppins) as Crutchie and Lewis Grosso (Mary Poppins) and Matthew Schechter (Elf) alternating the role of Les. (Jordan, Dossett, Lindsay, Fankhauser and Keenan-Bolger will all reprise the roles they created in the Paper Mill Playhouse production last fall.)
The ensemble of Newsies comprises Aaron J. Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John E. Brady, Ryan Breslin, Kevin Carolan, Caitlyn Caughell, Kyle Coffman, Mike Faist, Michael Fatica, Julie Foldesi, Garett Hawe, Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak, Jess Le Protto, Stuart Marland, Andy Richardson, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan, Ephraim Sykes, Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong and Stuart Zagnit.
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 visit NewsiesTheMusical.com, Facebook.com/Newsies and Twitter.com/Newsies. The Nederlander Theatre box office (208 West 41st Street) is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM-8 PM and Sunday 11 AM-7 PM.
Tickets are also available for purchase through NewsiesTheMusical.com or by calling Ticketmaster’s Disney on Broadway hotline at (866) 870-2717.
Tickets are also on sale to groups of 15 or more by calling (800) 439-9000 or visiting www.disneytheatricalsales.com/newsies.
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