Newsies, Starring Jay Armstrong Johnson, Storms the Muny Starting August 7

Regional News   Newsies, Starring Jay Armstrong Johnson, Storms the Muny Starting August 7
Davis Gaines is also part of the cast of the Disney musical.
Jay Armstrong Johnson
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The Muny production of the Disney musical Newsies plays the St. Louis venue August 7–13, concluding the outdoor theatre's summer season.

Directed and choreographed by Chris Bailey with music direction by Michael Horsley, the cast is headed by Jay Armstrong Johnson (Jack Kelly), Davis Gaines (Joseph Pulitzer), Tessa Grady (Katherine Plumber), Ta’Rea Campbell (Medda Larkin), Daniel Quadrino (Crutchie), Spencer Davis Milford (Davey), and Gabriel Cytron (Les).

The ensemble comprises Jordan Beall, Kyle Coffman, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre deLuna, Damon J. Gillespie, Gary Glasgow, Michael Hoey, Curtis Holland, Phillip Johnson-Richardson, Sean Harrison Jones, Alex Hayden Miller, Ben Nordstrom, Rich Pisarkiewicz, Jack Sippel, Gabi Stapula, Brendon Stimson, Clay Thomson, Daryl Tofa, Matthew Wiercinski, and Thad Turner Wilson. The company is joined by The Muny kid and teen youth ensembles.

The production also has scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by John Lasiter, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Greg Emetaz, and wig design by Leah J. Loukas. The production stage manager is Matthew Lacey.

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.

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.

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