Newsies Tour Will Welcome 6 New Principals

News   Newsies Tour Will Welcome 6 New Principals
Six new principal cast members will join the North American tour of Disney’s Newsies, based on the film of the same name, later this month.

Beginning Oct. 13 at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT, the company will welcome Joey Barreiro as Jack Kelly, Morgan Keene as Katherine, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, Stephen Michael Langton as Davey and John Michael Pitera and Ethan Steiner alternating in the role of Les. (Pitera will actually make his debut at the Providence Performing Arts Center Oct. 20.)

These new principal cast members will join Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer and Zachary Sayle as Crutchie.

Rounding out the cast are Josh Assor, Evan Autio, Bill Bateman, Josh Burrage, Kevin Carolan, Benjamin Cook, DeMarius Copes, Nico DeJesus, JP Ferreri, Sky Flaherty, Kaitlyn Frank, Michael Gorman, David Guzman, Jeff Heimbrock, Stephen Hernandez, Meredith Inglesby, James Judy, Eric Scott Kincaid, Eric Jon Mahlum, Nicholas Masson, Alex Prakken, Michael Ryan, Jordan Samuels, Melissa Steadman Hart, Andrew Wilson and Chaz Wolcott.

Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. It is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

The musical is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work. The entire creative team reunited to bring the musical to audiences across North America. 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."

The musical was 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.

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The tour is currently booked through summer of 2016, with additional engagements still to be announced.

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