The Broadway Musical

Music by
Alan Menken
Lyrics by
Jack Feldman
Book by
Harvey Fierstein

Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

August 8-19

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The electrifying David-and-Goliath story of a ragged band of New York street urchins who took on publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst and their whole corporate establishment. Adapted from the 1992 Disney film and based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Tony Award-winning musical features an Alan Menken (Aladdin, Little Mermaid) score, exhilarating dancing, and non-stop thrills. A massive Broadway hit, now making its New Hampshire premiere on our stage!

Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Director: Keith Coughlin
Choreographer: Roy Lightner++
Music Director:
Robbie Cowan
Stage Manager:
Brian R. Sekinger*
Assistant Stage Managers:
Kristin M. Herrick* & Brian Lynn

Scenic Designer: Jordan Janota+
Lighting Designer: Keith Truax
Costume Designer: Emily Kimball

Guest Artists:
Snyder: Debra Buckley
Nunzio/Guard/Mayor: Christopher Rex Jacobs
Katherine Plumber:
Allsun O’Malley
Joseph Pulitzer:
Michael Padgett*
Jo Jo:
Jaclyn Pageau
Morris Delancey/Darcy/Seitz: Chris Paul
Jack Kelly:
Jace Reinhard*
Oscar Delancey/Bill/Bunsen/Stage Manager:
Ian Shain
Medda Larkin:
Nichole Turner*
Jake Vedova

Drums: Brandon Wong
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
Trombone: Tara Fayazi
Reed: Jordan Standlee
Keyboard 2: Katie Siegmund

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists ++Denotes membership in Stage Directors and Choreographers Society 

Program Notes

by Wynne DeMille

I don’t know what to write or the right way to write it.

Newsies is a musical based on the 1992 Disney film, and inspired on the real-life Newsboy’s Strike of 1899. This show is the perfect combination of musical theatre and history, combining soaring vocals, high-flying dancing, a stellar book, and an entertaining message on what happens when a bunch of little guys get together to take on the man.

While the original film had a less than stellar life at the box office, Newsies quickly achieved cult status among the home video audience. The movie became so popular, in fact, that it was the subject of a grassroots campaign to convince Disney to adapt if for the stage, helping propel it to its’ award-winning Broadway run in 2012.

Our story follows Jack Kelly, a 17 year old newsboy and who dreams of leaving NYC one day for the open spaces of the American West. Kelly lives with other newsboys, young, poor, and some orphaned, all trying to scratch out a living by selling newspapers. Jack must lead his fellow “Newsies” in a fight for better wages against newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of New York World. In an effort to increase profits he raises the price Newsies pay from 50 cents per 100 papers to 60 cents. This sets up a conflict of the poor newsboys against the publishing barons.

The songs are many and the great score tells the story of “poor little kids versus rich, greedy sourpusses…. Speak up, take a stand…that’s how things get better…” So Jack Kelly rallies all Newsies in the city to get behind him against Pulitzer and his publishing compatriot, William Randolph Hearst. It takes courage, determination, and close friendships to stand up for what’s right. The songs chronicle the protest against Pulitzer and his paper and the confrontations with police and strikebreakers. And, ultimately, the strike works! Pulitzer and Hearst are forced to give in to the Newsies’ demands as their paper’s circulations go from 360,000 to 125,000 a day.

Newsies, with lyrics by Jack Feldman, music by Alan Menken, and book by Harvey Fierstein, ran initially for 1,004 performances in NYC in 2012. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning for Best Original Score and Best Choreography. Disney did a live film in 2017 and our former Barn Playhouse stage manager Brae Singleton was fortunate enough to be invited to work on it. This is the first time Newsies has appeared in New Hampshire or on our stage.

Just look around at the world we’re inheriting
and think of the one we’ll create.
So whatever happens … Let’s begin!