Nederlander Theatre, (3/29/2012 - 8/24/2014)

First Preview: Mar 15, 2012
Opening Date: Mar 29, 2012
Closing Date: Aug 24, 2014
Total Previews: 16
Total Performances: 1004

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Lower Manhattan, Summer, 1899

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher); Associate Producer: Anne Quart

World Premiere on September 25, 2011 by Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director; Todd Schmidt, Managing Director)

Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Jack Feldman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White; Music orchestrated by Danny Troob; Musical Director: Mark Hummel; Dance Music Arrangements: Mark Hummel; Incidental music by Michael Kosarin; Vocal arrangements by Michael Kosarin; Associate Musical Dir.: Steven Malone; Additional Orchestrations: Steven Margoshes and Dave Siegel

Directed by Jeff Calhoun; Choreographed by Christopher Gattelli; Associate Director: Richard J. Hinds; Associate Choreographer: Lou Castro

Scenic Design by Tobin Ost; Costume Design by Jess Goldstein; Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter; Sound Design by Ken Travis; Projection Design by Sven Ortel; Hair and Wig Design by Charles G. LaPointe; Associate Scenic Design: Christine Peters; Associate Costume Design: Mike Floyd and China Lee; Associate Lighting Design: Cory Pattak; Associate Sound Design: Alex Hawthorn

General Manager: Disney Theatrical Productions; Company Manager: Eduardo Castro

Technical Supervisor: Neil Mazzella and Geoffrey Quart; Production Manager: Eduardo Castro; Production Stage Manager: Thomas J. Gates; Stage Manager: Timothy Eaker

Music Supervisor: Michael Kosarin; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Mark Hummel; Associate Conductor: Steven Malone; Woodwinds: Tom Murray and Mark Thrasher; Trumpet/Flugel: Trevor Neumann; Trombone: Dan Levine; Guitar: Brian Koonin; Bass: Ray Kilday; Drums: Paul Davis; Percussion: Ed Shea; Keyboard: Mat Eisenstein and Steven Malone; Violin: Mary Rowell; Cello: Deborah Assael-Migliore

Casting: Telsey + Company and Justin Huff, C.S.A.; Fight direction by J. Allen Suddeth; Dance Captain: Ryan Steele; Fight Captain: Kevin Carolan; Press Representative: Disney on Broadway Publicity; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Photographer: Deen Van Meer

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Opening Night Cast

John DossettJoseph Pulitzer
Ben FankhauserDavey
(Mar 15, 2012 - Mar 30, 2014)
Lewis GrossoLes
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 09, 2012)
Capathia JenkinsMedda Larkin
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 09, 2012)
A Nun
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 09, 2012)
Jeremy JordanJack Kelly
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 04, 2012)
Andrew Keenan-BolgerCrutchie
(Mar 15, 2012 - Mar 10, 2013)
Kara LindsayKatherine
(Mar 15, 2012 - Feb 02, 2014)
Matthew SchechterLes
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 09, 2012)
Aaron J. AlbanoFinch
A Citizen of New York
Mark AldrichSeitz
A Citizen of New York
Tommy BraccoA Citizen of New York
A Scab
Spot Conlon
John E. BradyWiesel
A Citizen of New York
Stage Manager
Mr. Jacobi
Ryan BreslinRace
A Citizen of New York
Kevin CarolanGovernor Roosevelt
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 16, 2012)
A Citizen of New York
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 16, 2012)
Kyle CoffmanHenry
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 12, 2012)
A Citizen of New York
(Mar 15, 2012 - Sep 12, 2012)
Mike FaistMorris Delancey
A Citizen of New York
Julie FoldesiA Nun
A Citizen of New York
Garett HaweAlbert
A Citizen of New York
Thayne JaspersonDarcy
A Citizen of New York
Evan KasprzakElmer
A Citizen of New York
Jess LeProttoA Scab
A Citizen of New York
Stuart MarlandSnyder
A Citizen of New York
Andy RichardsonRomeo
(Mar 15, 2012 - Mar 10, 2013)
A Citizen of New York
(Mar 15, 2012 - Mar 10, 2013)
Ryan SteeleSpecs
A Citizen of New York
Brendon StimsonOscar Delancey
A Citizen of New York
Nick SullivanBunsen
A Citizen of New York
Ephraim SykesMush
A Citizen of New York
Laurie VeldheerA Nun
A Citizen of New York
Alex WongA Scab
A Citizen of New York

Swings: Caitlyn Caughell, Michael Fatica, Jack Scott and Stuart Zagnit

Understudies: Mark Aldrich (Governor Roosevelt), John E. Brady (Joseph Pulitzer), Ryan Breslin (Davey), Caitlyn Caughell (Katherine, Medda Larkin), Mike Faist (Jack Kelly), Julie Foldesi (Medda Larkin), Garett Hawe (Crutchie, Davey), Evan Kasprzak (Bunsen, Seitz), Stuart Marland (Joseph Pulitzer), Andy Richardson (Crutchie), Brendon Stimson (Jack Kelly), Nick Sullivan (Mayor, Mr. Jacobi, Snyder, Stage Manager, Wiesel), Laurie Veldheer (Katherine) and Stuart Zagnit (Bunsen, Governor Roosevelt, Mayor, Mr. Jacobi, Seitz, Snyder, Stage Manager, Wiesel)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2012 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher)

 2012 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Harvey Fierstein

winner 2012 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [winner] 

Lyrics by Jack Feldman; Music by Alan Menken

 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Jeremy Jordan

winner 2012 Best Choreography [winner] 

Christopher Gattelli

 2012 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Jeff Calhoun

 2012 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Danny Troob

 2012 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Projection Design by Sven Ortel; Tobin Ost

Drama Desk Award

 2012 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher)

 2012 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Jeremy Jordan

winner 2012 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Christopher Gattelli

 2012 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Danny Troob

 2012 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Jack Feldman

winner 2012 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Alan Menken


music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Jack Feldman

ACT 1 Sung By
Santa Fe (Prologue)Jack Kelly and Crutchie
Carrying the BannerCompany
The Bottom LineJoseph Pulitzer, Seitz, Bunsen and Hannah
That's RichMedda Larkin
Don't Come a-Knocking/I Never Planned on YouJack Kelly and The Bowery Beauties
The World Will KnowJack Kelly, Davey, Les and Newsies
The World Will Know (Reprise) Jack Kelly, Davey, Les and Newsies
Watch What HappensKatherine
Seize the DayJack Kelly, Davey, Les and Newsies
Santa FeJack Kelly
ACT 2 Sung By
King of New YorkDavey, Les, Katherine and Newsies
Watch What Happens (Reprise) Jack Kelly, Davey, Katherine and Les
The Bottom Line (Reprise) Joseph Pulitzer, Seitz and Mayor
Brooklyn's HereSpot Conlon and Newsies
Something to Believe InJack Kelly and Katherine
Seize the Day (Reprise) Newsies
Once and for AllJack Kelly, Davey, Les and Newsies
Seize the Day (Reprise) Newsies
FinaleJack Kelly and Company


AP: "Musical 'Newsies' is relentlessly cheery"

There are lots of musicals that inspire and stimulate. Only one makes you want to rush outside to buy a newspaper, join a union and hug someone from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Such is the effect after the relentlessly cheery "Newsies," a musical based on a film of the same name, which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre with heart, soul and a lot of vests, caps and too-thick Noo Yawk accents.

The musical is based on the 1899 true story of child newspaper sellers, or newsies, in turn-of-the-century New York who go on strike when the price of "papes" – sorry, newspapers – goes up unfairly. They must battle scabs, crooked officials, business types like Joseph Pulitzer and fearsome strike breakers carrying metal pipes. It's like the film "Gangs of New York" but with dancing.

The 1992 film "Newsies," starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret, did poorly at the box office, but it has become something of a cult hit. Disney Theatrical Productions has offered it a second life.

Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, who were responsible for the film's score, teamed up again to transform "Newsies" into a musical for the stage, reworking the songs and collaborating with a new story writer, Harvey Fierstein, known for his work in "Hairspray" and "La Cage aux Folles." Director Jeff Calhoun allows no moment to tire, keeping a fast pace and winningly using every inch of the stage.

The new musical retains the memorable songs "Santa Fe," "The World Will Know," "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day" and "King of New York" but adds a young female reporter to the story. The old songs are still the best and make many reprises, but the journalist Katherine (a spunky Kara Lindsay) is a welcome addition.

Fierstein has nicely built into the plucky David-versus-Goliath story a romance – something the film didn't really have – between Jack (the charismatic Jeremy Jordan), the leader of the strikers, and Katherine, a reporter with a hidden past who is desperate to leave fluffy features and cover hard news.

The overall story, like newsprint, is black and white. The scruffy newsies, most orphans and destitute (though some look in their late 20s), are all good. The businessmen and politicians, with the exception of a very good Teddy Roosevelt, are pure evil. The little guys work in terrible, unsafe conditions that cry out for unionization. Credit the massive conglomerate Disney for cheering the victims of capitalism.

Clear Fierstein touches are welcome, but scant and slightly predictable – glimmers of his more feisty side come out in veiled sex jokes – and the way Jack woos Katherine by drawing her seems lifted from "Titanic." The book may have some anachronisms and cliches – "keep your shirt on," indeed – but Katherine is a worthy foil to Jack, and its heart is definitely in the right place.

Go, little working guys! Stick it to The Man!

"All we ask is a square deal," says Jack at one rousing newsies' meeting. "For the sake of all the kids in every sweatshop, factory and slaughterhouse in this town, I beg you, throw down your papers and join the strike."

Besides Jordan and Lindsay, other standouts include Andrew Keenan-Bolger as the endearing disabled kid Crutchie – newsies apparently tend to be quite literal when it comes to nicknames – and Matthew Schechter, who's alternating the role of Les with Lewis Grosso and as the youngest up there has better comic timing and style than actors twice his age.

The cast also apparently has spent a lot of time mimicking Fierstein's accent, making it as thick as a pastrami sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen. "First" becomes "foist," "brother" is "bruddar," "birds" are "boids," etc. Someone should have hired Professor Higgins from "My Fair Lady" for some dialect advice.

More than two dozen newsies, many veterans of the TV dance competition "So You Think You Can Dance," are put through their paces by choreographer Christopher Gattelli, who thrillingly combines ballet with bold athletic moves. In one sequence, the performers dance on newspapers, a neat trick that takes advantage of paper's inherent slick qualities. Try that with an iPad.

Calhoun, whose last job was directing "Bonnie & Clyde," has smartly brought along from that short-lived musical his Clyde (Jordan, whose looks and voice and intensity will melt many a heart) as well as Tobin Ost, the set designer. Here, Ost has created three massive rolling steel towers that get a workout as they twist and turn to resemble various cityscapes, often nicely paired with Sven Ortel's projections.

"Newsies" will likely now go from Broadway to high school auditoriums across the country. Part history lesson, part fable and part love story, it's practically got its bags packed. Hopefully, by making newsies heroic, it'll also revive the business of "papes" – sorry, newspapers.


New York Daily News: "Disney's 'Newsies' opens on Broadway"

An exhilaring jolt of youthful energy has hit Broadway. It arrives with 30 dazzling dancing feet, a bright rising star, buoyant songs and — whoops, I buried the lead — something meaningful to say about how ndividuals and groups can change their fate.

All that comes tucked inside Disney’s “Newsies,” which opened on Thursday following a run last fall at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. The show is based on the 1992 film about underdogs who turn the tables on rich oppressors. Could there be a better time for that story to occupy Broadway?

The movie didn’t work. But director Jeff Calhoun, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, who wrote songs for the film, and book writer Harvey Fierstein deserve credit for what is a mostly banner makeover. Drawn from events in 1899 New York, the action follows poor kids who scratch out a living selling daily newspapers on the city’s mean streets. Things turn even meaner when publisher Joseph Pulitzer (John Dossett) raises the price newsies pay for papers to boost his profits.

Feisty Jack Kelly (Jeremy Jordan) leads the newsies to unionize and strike. While the characters stage a work stoppage, Christopher Gattelli’s awesome athletic choreography never quits. He keeps the young dancers flipping, tapping and twirling across the urban landscape.

That gritty backdrop is evoked by Tobin Ost’s cagelike scaffolds, Sven Ortel’s graphic projections, Jess Goldstein’s period clothes and Jeff Croiter’s shadowy lighting.

The vibrant score includes familiar numbers from the film — the anthemic “Carrying the Banner,” an insistent “Seize the Day,” the yearning “Santa Fe” and rousing “King of New York.”

Brand-new since the Paper Mill production is the song “Something to Believe In,” a beautiful duet between Jack and reporter Katherine Plumber (Kara Lindsay), one of Fierstein’s smart inventions. The number pumps up their love story and speaks eloquently about finding the courage to rise to life’s challenges.

There’s no question that Jordan (known for the film “Joyful Noise” and Calhoun’s short-lived “Bonnie and Clyde”) steps up to carry the show. Like a Page 1 headline, he announces himself as a powerhouse talent.

Whenever he and the other newsies are on stage, the show flies.

Too bad it sinks when the adults appear, an issue that's still unresolved. Media mogul Pulitzer and vaudeville star Medda Larkin (Capathia Jenkins) remain mere cardboard cutouts.

“Newsies” is corny at times and never quite reaches the heights of “Annie” or “Oliver!” — two obvious comparisons — but it’s good, old-fashioned family entertainment.

That’s something audiences can believe in — and Disney can bank on.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Nederlander Theatre

(3/29/2012 - 8/24/2014)
Assistant Co. Mgr: Brendan Beggs.

Trumpet/Flugel: Jeremy Miloszewicz; Woodwinds: Kristy Norter.

Dance Captain: Michael Fatica; Assistant Dance Captain: Julian DeGuzman; Fight Captain: Mark Aldrich.


Giuseppe Bausilio
A Citizen of New York (circa. Oct 2013 - ?)
Race (Oct 2013 - ?)
John E. Brady
Kevin Carolan
Governor Roosevelt
Joshua Colley
Les Alternate
Corey Cott
Jack Kelly (Sep 5, 2012 - Aug 24, 2014)
Ben Fankhauser
Davey (May 20, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014)
JP Ferreri
A Scab (Jul 27, 2012 - ?)
Ensemble (Jul 27, 2012 - ?)
Sniper (Jul 27, 2012 - ?)
LaVon Fisher-Wilson
A Nun (Sep 11, 2012 - Jul 13, 2014)
Medda Larkin (Sep 11, 2012 - Jul 13, 2014)
John Michael Fiumara
A Citizen of New York
Hogan Fulton
Ensemble (Nov 1, 2012 - Dec 2, 2012)
Romeo (Nov 1, 2012 - Dec 2, 2012)
A Citizen of New York (Dec 31, 2012 - Jun 1, 2014)
Darcy (Dec 31, 2012 - Jun 1, 2014)
Damon J. Gillespie
A Citizen of New York (Jun 23, 2013 - ?)
A Scab (Jun 23, 2013 - ?)
Jeremy Greenbaum
Broadway debut
Davey (Apr 1, 2014 - May 18, 2014)
David Guzman
A Citizen of New York (Sep 11, 2012 - ?)
Mush (Sep 11, 2012 - ?)
Jacob Guzman
A Citizen of New York (Sep 11, 2012 - ?)
A Scab (Sep 11, 2012 - ?)
Sniper (Sep 11, 2012 - ?)
Liana Hunt
A Nun
Katherine (Feb 3, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014)
Nico James
A Citizen of New York
Capathia Jenkins
A Nun (Jul 15, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014)
Medda Larkin (Jul 15, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014)
Molly Jobe
A Citizen of New York
A Nun
Adam Kaplan
A Citizen of New York
Morris Delancey
Nicholas Lampiasi
Les Alternate
(Sep 11, 2012 - ?)
Jake Lucas
Les Alternate
(Sep 10, 2012 - ?)
Tommy Martinez
A Citizen of New York
Luca Padovan
Les Alternate
Daniel Quadrino
A Citizen of New York
Ron Raines
Joseph Pulitzer (Oct 9, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012)
Julie Reiber
A Nun (Jun 16, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014)
Ensemble (Jun 16, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014)
Andy Richardson
Crutchie (Mar 11, 2013 - Aug 24, 2014)
Tom Alan Robbins
A Citizen of New York (Sep 18, 2012 - ?)
Governor Roosevelt (Sep 18, 2012 - ?)
Clay Thomson
A Citizen of New York
A Scab
Spot Conlon
Zachary Unger
Les Alternate
Alex Wong
Iain Young
A Citizen of New York (Sep 13, 2012 - ?)
Henry (Sep 13, 2012 - ?)

Standbys: Madeline Trumble (Katherine).

Understudies: Aaron J. Albano (Bunsen, Seitz), Giuseppe Bausilio (Davey), Caitlyn Caughell (Hannah), Corey Cott (Jack Kelly), Julie Foldesi (Hannah), Liana Hunt (Katherine), Molly Jobe (Katherine), Adam Kaplan (Davey, Jack Kelly), Tommy Martinez (Crutchie), Daniel Quadrino (Crutchie, Davey), Julie Reiber (Hannah, Medda Larkin).

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