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Casting has been announced for the Marriott Theatre's upcoming production of the hit Disney musical Newsies, which will play the Lincolnshire, Illinois, venue October 25–December 31 with an official opening November 1.

Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez will direct and choreograph with musical direction by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson.

The cast will be headed by Patrick Rooney as Jack Kelly, Eliza Palasz as Katherine Plumber, Kevin Gudahl as Joseph Pulitzer, Stephanie Pope at Medda Larkin, Nick Graffagna as Davey, Matthew Uzarraga as Crutchie, and Carter Graf and Zachary Uzarraga alternating as Les.

The ensemble comprises Bill Bannon, Eean Cochran, Shea Coffman, Nicholas Dantes, Alejandro Fonseca, Sam Griffin, Garrett Lutz, Jeff Pierpoint, Zachary Porter, Liam Quealy, James Rank, Laura Savage, Peter Sipla, Adrienne Storrs, Steven Strafford, Richard Strimer, Martin Ortiz Tapia, Tiffany Tatreau, Andy Tofa, and David Wright, Jr.

Newsies features music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

“We all get to a fork in our lives—which path do we choose? I want to inspire audiences to not be afraid to take the courageous path and strive for the unreachable,” said director and choreographer Sanchez in a statement. “This story will be brought to life on stage with a plethora of energy bursting from our outstanding cast of dancers. Incredible set design will flow with the ensemble to provide a city landscape as vibrant as New York.”

Based on the 1992 motion picture of the same name and inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies follows orphan Jack Kelly and his band of teenaged “newsies,” who dream of a better life far from the hardships of the streets.

The production will feature set design by Kevin Depinet, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Robert E. Gilmartin, properties design by Sally Weiss, and musical supervision and orchestra conducted by Patti Garwood.

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