2019 Subscriptions & FlexPasses


2019 FlexPasses – 2019 Season Subscriptions – 

2019 FlexPasses

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Barn FlexPasses give you the ultimate in customization. These blocks of discounted tickets come in packs of 4 or 6, and can be redeemed for any Main Stage or Spotlight Series productions throughout the season.

Adult Matinee FlexPass Adult Evening FlexPass
4-Pass: $110.00
6-Pass: $160.00
4-Pass: $133.00
6-Pass: $190.00
Youth Matinee FlexPass Youth Evening FlexPass
4-Pass: $75.00
6-Pass: $100.00

4-Pass: $94.00
6-Pass: $133.00

FlexPass holders have the ability to redeem their tickets once Single Tickets go on sale in March of 2019, but miss out on Subscriber benefits such as free exchanges, discounts on additional tickets, or advance reservation privileges. 

• Youth FlexPasses are available for children 16 and under •

2019 Season Subscriptions

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A Season Subscription is the best possible guarantee that you won’t miss a second of the 2019 Summer Season. Subscribers receive a range of benefits, including:

  • Guaranteed same seats for each 2- and 3-week Main Stage production 
  • Preferred seating for the 1-week Main Stage production
  • FREE ticket exchange privileges up to 24 hours in advance, with preferred seating access as available
  • Advance reservation privileges for the season-opening 62nd Annual Straw Hat Revue 
  • Two complimentary tickets to the  Spotlight Series Monday-night cabaret performance, with advance reservation privileges
  • 10-20% discount on any additional tickets purchased throughout the season
2019 Evening Subscription 2019 Matinee Subscription
Adult Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $240.00
Youth Orchestra & Balcony: $185.00

All Royal Box Seating: $275.00
Adult Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $215.00
Youth Orchestra & Balcony: $150.00
All Royal Box Seating: $240.00

How to Purchase

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In order to purchase a Subscription please click one of the links above. If you have any questions please email us at tickets@nlbarn.org or call the Box Office at 603-526-6710.

Both the email address and phone number will be checked regularly in the off season, and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

Gift Certificates

Forever Plaid, 2015

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Purchase a gift certificate for our 2018 Summer Season and give an unforgettable gift of music, laughter and award-winning performances.

Gift certificates may be purchased by calling the Barn Box Office at (603) 526-6710, or you may place your order online here!

Certificates are available for the following pre-selected amounts:

    • $74 (avg. price of 2 orchestra or balcony tickets)
    • $110 (one Matinee FlexPass of four tickets)
  • $160 (one Matinee FlexPass of six tickets)
  • $133 (one Evening FlexPass of four tickets)
  • $190 (one Evening FlexPass of six tickets)
  • $240 (one Adult Evening Subscription)
  • $480 (two Adult Evening Subscriptions)

Or you may select your own amount! Barn Gift Certificates have no expiration date; certificates may be redeemed in a single transaction, or over a more extended period of time.

Home for the Holidays: A Very Barnie Christmas

December 1, 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Center for Art and Design, Colby-Sawyer College

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The New London Barn Playhouse is thrilled to announce the start of a new and exciting tradition. Please join us on Saturday, December 1st for our first-ever holiday concert/fundraiser, Home for the Holidays: A Very Barnie Christmas

This festive and joyful evening will feature six of your favorite New London Barn Playhouse alumni performers and a fantastic three- piece band directed by Barnie favorites, Robbie Cowan and Elliott Cunningham. Celebrate with us as these returning artists put us all in the holiday spirit.

Sales from your ticket purchases will allow us to reach an important goal. We are constantly striving to improve the sound and sound equipment in the theater and to meet the needs of our actors, stage managers and technicians. All proceeds from this event will go towards the purchase of new microphones and wireless headsets for our company.

Please join us in the Center for Art and Design at Colby Sawyer College on Saturday, December 1st at either 4:00 PM or 7:30 PM.  Please note that there will be two performances with receptions for our first audience from 5:15pm-6:15pm and a reception for our second audience from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The receptions will include a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres while mingling and catching up with the Barnie alumni.

To purchase tickets, please call the New London Barn Playhouse Box Office at 603-526-6710 and leave a message. You can also click HERE to purchase tickets online.

It’s summer in December and we look forward to celebrating with all of you, our incredible supporters!

Home for the Holidays: A Very Barnie Christmas is Sponsored by:



From Main Street to 42nd Street

July 13
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
on the Colby-Sawyer College Quadrangle

Help us celebrate the Barn’s 86th Summer Season. Enjoy delicious food, great music, and fabulous entertainment by our 2018 Acting Intern Company and Junior Intern Company.

$85/person for individuals, or $135/person for “Event Patron” attendees. As always, a portion of the ticket cost will be acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation. For tickets call (603) 526-6710, stop by the Box Office, or email tickets@nlbarn.org.



Sponsored by our great friends at Colby Sawyer College and MJ Harrington & Co.

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Ticket prices account for only 60% of our annual revenue needs. The funds raised through this auction will help keep our prices affordable, our performances outstanding, and our beautiful old Barn in good condition. So bid high and support your favorite summer theater!

Lerner and Loewe’s


Book and Lyrics by
Alan Jay Lerner
Music by
Frederick Loewe

Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart
Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White

June 13-24

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The most legendary love triangle of all time soars into musical life in Lerner & Loewe’s award-winning classic. The idealistic young King Arthur dreams of creating a kingdom based on honor, dignity, and “Might for Right,” but his principles are sorely tested when his beautiful queen falls in love with his strongest knight. Featuring classic melodies of the Great American Songbook, including If Ever I Would Leave You, The Lusty Month of May, Camelot, and more.

Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Camelot Business Sponsors

Director: Russell Garrett++
Choreographer: Jesse Factor
Music Director:
Shane Parus
Fight Director:
Paul West

Stage Manager:
Kristin M. Herrick*
Assistant Stage Managers: 
Brian R. Sekinger*, Kyla Mermejo-Varga & Kelsey Koga

Scenic Designer: Brad M. Carlson+
Lighting Designer: Cecilia Durbin+
Costume Designer: Emily Kimball
Sound Engineer: Ben Montmagny

Guest Artists:
King ArthurFred Rose*
LancelotAndy Tighe*
Merlyn/PellinoreAdam Zeph
Tom of WarwickCharlie Cloud

Keyboard 2: Robbie Cowan
Drums: Laura Hamel
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
Reeds: Jordan Standlee

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists
++Denotes membership in Stage Director’s and Choreographer’s Society

Program Notes

by Tom DeMille

In short, there’s simply not a more congenial spot, For happily-ever-aftering then here in Camelot

It would be logical to assume that lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe were a British bred team given the settings of most of their musicals, be it ancient Scotland in BRIGADOON or Victorian England in MY FAIR LADY. In fact, both were American citizens, though of widely different background and temperament. Ironically, although the setting for their last success was Fifth Century England, CAMELOT has become the nostalgic and romantic symbol for a Twentieth Century American presidency.

Lerner was born in New York City into a wealthy family in the retail business. Educated at private schools, he was a classmate and friend of John F. Kennedy at Harvard, where he wrote musical parodies for Hasty Pudding. A handsome and flamboyant gentleman, he was married continuously from 1940 until his death 46 years later, but to eight different women! One ex-wife with a sense of humor summed it up with the comment that “marriage is Alan’s way of saying goodbye”. Fritz Loewe was born in Germany, the son of a well-known Viennese musician. He arrived in New York on the eve of the Great Depression and for the next 15 years played the role of starving artist. All this changed in 1942 when Lerner & Loewe met on the way to the Men’s Room at the Lamb’s Club, Fritz saying to Alan “I understand you write lyrics” to which Alan replied “well, I understand you write music”. Not the cleverest dialogue perhaps, but as the world of music would soon find out, understatement in its highest form.

Their first big hit was l 947’s BRIGADOON which was followed by the modest success of PAINT YOUR WAGON. In 1956 they presented their master work, MY FAIR LADY, and after a detour to Hollywood for the film GIGI, the pair turned their attention to the legend of King Arthur. T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” provided the source material. The Arthur legend has roots dating back into antiquity with Sir Thomas Malory’s work, “The Hoole Booke of Kyng Arthur & His Noble Knyghtes of the Roundetable”, being first published in 1485. Arthur may or may not be based upon a real person, but he, Lancelot, Guenevere, Merlin and the other characters have gone through many transformations over the years. White and the Lerner/Loewe musical portray the king as a well-meaning ruler, seeking peace and harmony in the world.

CAMELOT opened at the Majestic Theater on December 3, 1960 and ran for over two years, winning four Tony Awards, including one each for Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. Robert Goulet was featured as Lancelot in a career making performance. Revived many times, this is the fifth time it has been presented at the Barn Playhouse. President Kennedy was assassinated less than a year after its initial run. Jackie Kennedy’s statement a few days later that “there will be great presidents again … but there’ll never be another Camelot”, forever joined the administration to the ever evolving Arthurian legend.

SARAH CASE (New London Barn Playhouse Boot Camp Manager) is an arts educator, choreographer, and arts manager. She is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Harvard University (M.Ed. in Arts in Education). She trained with the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Ballet Theater of Boston and performed in musical theater productions around the country. Sarah has taught with the National Dance Institute, the School at Columbia University, and Boston Ballet. She was awarded the Institute of Arts Management Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Dance USA Leadership Institute Fellowship, and served as Managing Director of Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange in Washington, DC. Sarah has most recently worked in the Department of Theater at Dartmouth College and as a choreographer with Northern Stage in the BridgeUP: Musical Theater in the Schools Program. She is thrilled to be bringing the Boot Camp Program to the Barn and supporting the lives and careers of professional and preprofessional students in the arts.

KAYLA MAY (Director of Camps) is native to Pensacola, Florida, and is delighted to be returning to the Barn for her 3rd season as Camps Director. Kayla holds a BA in Acting from the University of West Florida and currently teaches theatre at the high school level. She is a member of EdTA (Educational Theatre Association) and FATE (Florida Association for Theatre Education) and dreams of starting her own theatre company. Aside from theatre, Kayla enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with family, going to baseball games, Disney World, and being outdoors. Love to Nick and the rest of the Barn family.

ANDREW MILLER (Education Programs Manager) has enjoyed many Barn summers since his first one as an Acting Intern in 2011. Previous direction for the Children’s Theater Series: How to Eat Like a Child, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet. He also assisted with last year’s Bookworms! and Seussical the Musical. Favorite roles on the Main Stage: Hysterium in Forum, Marcellus in The Music Man, and Milt Fields in Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Andrew’s performance career also includes time with Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ithaca Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, and TheatreWorks USA. He is a proud graduate of Ithaca College, an AEA member, and a born-and-bred Ohio native.


By A.R. Gurney

July 11-15

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**NOTE: Sylvia is rated PG-13 for language. Please contact the Box Office at 603-526-6710 with any questions or concerns.**

After 22 years in the suburbs, Greg and Kate are starting a new chapter in their lives with a big move to New York City. But when Greg falls head over heels in love with a street-smart, exuberant Central Park stray pooch named Sylvia, he inadvertently kicks off a splintering war with his wife that threatens to fracture their long relationship. A deliciously dizzy, howlingly funny comedy about love, loyalty, and the joys and pitfalls of genuine human – and canine – connections.

Sylvia is presented through special permission by Dramatists Play Service

Sylvia Business Sponsors

Director: Josh Feder
Stage Manager: 
Rachael Danielle Albert*
Assistant Stage Manager: Kyla Mermejo-Varga

Scenic Designer: Vincent Gunn
Lighting Designer: Kevin Allinder
Costume Designer: Whitney Locher+

Guest Artists:
SylviaTheresa Kloos*
GregJeffries Thaiss*
KateJean McCormick*
Tom/Phyllis/Leslie: David Mavricos
Male UnderstudyAdam Zeph
Female UnderstudyJulia Bain

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists

Program Note

By Wynne DeMille

What makes Sylvia such a special play is the unique way it explores how we connect with each other in a world increasingly dominated by the tiny screens in our pockets. Well, that, and the fact that star of the play and the titular character is a lovable pooch played by live actress. Since it premiered, Sylvia has had audiences rolling with laughter; one critic wrote that “for anybody who loves both animals and the theater, Sylvia will be a day at the park; enjoying it takes as much effort as watching a kitten with a shoelace.”*

Sylvia is an unconventional love story that recognizes our propensity to give human motives to our trusted animal companions, for they guide us to finding the best in ourselves. How many of us have felt better understood by animal companions than by our family and friends? Sylvia gives voice to man’s best friend in a way that is both endearing and enlightening.

In N.Y.C. in the 1990’s a middle class mid-aged Greg finds Sylvia on a stroll through a park and brings her back to the home he and his wife Kate share. She reacts negatively to Sylvia. After a long discussion they agree to keep her for a few days before they decide what to do. Of course the inevitable happens and Sylvia and Greg bond. They spend hours together walking and playing and he uses this as an excuse to avoid his job. Tensions develop in this 22-year marriage as Kate and Sylvia become committed to seeing the other as an enemy to defeat.

A trip to London for six months is on the horizon and it forces them to make a decision. Sylvia will be given to a nice family on a farm in their state. Audiences face, with Kate and Greg, their final emotions in the tender story of love and good memories. A 1995 N.Y. Times review, Vincent Canby writes; “Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes. But none is as immediately delicious…as is Sylvia.”

This play first opened on May 12, 1995 Off-Broadway. It was nominated for three Drama Desk awards for Outstanding Play, Best Costumes and Best Actress, Sarah Jessica Parker. Tom and I were lucky to see it at the Cort Theatre where it played on Broadway from October 2, 2015 to January 24, 2016, starring a wonderful cast with Parker’s husband, Matthew Broderick, Julie White, Annaleigh Ashford and Barn Alum Robert Sella, who will be joining us to direct this season’s production of 42nd Street. This is the first time it has appeared on our stage. Sit back, relax, and be prepared to be entertained by “a comic masterpiece!”

*Laurie Winner, L.A. Times Theatre Critic, February 20, 1997

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2019 Main Stage Single Ticket Prices

Single Tickets will go on sale in March, 2019. TICKET PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Adult Matinee Single Tickets
• Wednesday Matinees: 2:00 PM •
Adult Evening Single Tickets
• Tuesday – Saturday Evenings: 7:30 PM •
• Sundays: 5:00 PM •
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $31.00
Royal Box Seating: $35.00
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $37.00
Royal Box Seating: $40.00
Youth Matinee Single Tickets
• Wednesday Matinees: 2:00 PM •
Youth Evening Single Tickets
• Tuesday – Saturday Evenings: 7:30 PM •
• Sundays: 5:00 PM •
Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $20.00
Royal Box Seating: $25.00
 Orchestra & Balcony Seating: $26.00
Royal Box Seating: $30.00

• Youth Tickets are available for children 16 and under •

How to Purchase Tickets

Single Tickets will go on sale in March, 2019. TICKET PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Additionally, tickets for the 2018 Summer Season can be purchased online by clicking here, by emailing tickets@nlbarn.org, or by calling (603) 526-6710 (please leave us a message if you call outside of our regular Box Office hours).

The Barn Box Office will open at our physical location for walk-up, in-person sales on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Summer Box Office hours are typically:

Mondays:                           11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesdays – Saturdays      11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sundays:                            11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Box Office will be open one hour before each performance, and remain open for the duration of the show.

Convenience Fees: A convenience fee of $2.50 per ticket for Main Stage productions and $1.50 for Children’s Theater Series is added to online ticket purchases. These fees go directly to our online service provider, and help to cover the cost of our online ticketing services. There are no fees for any purchases made over the phone or in person.

42nd Street

Music by
Harry Warren
Lyrics by
Al Dubin
Book by
Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by
Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by
Gower Champion
Originally Produced on
Broadway by

David Merrick
Revival Choreography by
Randy Skinner

July 18 – August 5

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The ultimate show-biz musical! Small-town Peggy Sawyer is on the hunt for her big break in a depression-era New York City teeming with savvy chorus girls, imperious aging divas, and cut-throat directors. Bursting with show-stopping dance numbers and countless beloved Broadway standards including We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and 42nd Street, this Tony Award-winning favorite will knock your tap shoes right off!

42nd Street is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

42nd Street Business Sponsors

Directed by Robert Sella
Choreography Recreated and Adapted by Matthew Kilgore
Music Directed by 
Katie Siegmund
Stage Managed by:
Kristin M. Herrick*
Assistant Stage Managed by 
Brian R. Sekinger* & Kelsey Koga

Scenic & Lighting Designer: Matthew Imhoff
Costume Designer: Becky Bodurtha+

Guest Artists:
Abner Dillon: 
Scott Sweatt
Bert Barry: Edward Tolve*
Billy Lawler:
Spencer S. Lawson*
Dorothy Brock:
Serena Brook*
Jackie Pageau
Julian Marsh: Ethan Watermeier*
Pat Denning, u/s Julian Marsh:
Chris Cherin
Winnie, u/s Maggie Jones & Anytime Annie:
Aiden Ankli
Ensemble, u/s Billy Lawler: 
Kevin Dort

Drums: Brandon Wong
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
Trombone: Tara Fayazi
Reed 1: Jordan Standlee
Reed 2: Brett Gregory
Rehearsal AccompanistJ. Kathleen Castellanos

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists

Program Note

“Grab your tap shoes, Francis!”

by Wynne DeMille & Cindy Johnson

As the title suggests, this glitzy musical reflects the energy, bustle, and glamour of New York theatre’s best known address. 42nd Street is a classic showbiz tale, where a “raw kid from the chorus” goes in the revolving door of show biz as a youngster and comes out a star.

Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, when she lands herself a spot in famed director Julian Marsh’s next big hit, starring the sultry Dorothy Brock. But, when an injury knocks Ms. Brock off her pedestal, the fallen star is dislodged by the lucky young Peggy. Desperate to climb her way back to the top, Dorothy stops at nothing to try and get herself back on stage, including cozying up to the Texas moneyman producing the musical. Meanwhile, Peggy finds the pressures of center stage overwhelming, but with the help of her friends from the chorus she finds the star inside herself and taps her way into the spotlight. All of these shenanigans and mishaps stand in the way of Julian Marsh putting together the hit show that he’s praying will cement his legacy as Broadway’s greatest director!

This well-loved musical started life as a novel by Bradford Robes. In 1933 it was adapted for the silver screen, with original choreography by Busby Berkeley. Busby created kaleidoscopic, luscious fantasies for the film, helping it earn a nomination for Best Picture at the 1933 Academy Awards and inspired producer David Merrick to adapt it for the stage in 1980. Merrick is remembered as one of Broadway’s most powerful impresarios, and for 42nd Street he assembled a crack team led by director/choreographer Gower Champion, book by Bradford Ropes, and music by the songwriting team of lyricist Al Dubin and composer Harry Warren. The musical can be considered a jukebox musical, of sorts, featuring Dubin & Warren songs not only from the original 42nd Street film but from their other films, such as Gold Diggers of 1933, Roman Scandals, Dames, and Go into Your Dance.

42nd Street proved to be Merrick’s last and greatest producing triumph, a perfect swansong for both Merrick and Champion (who sadly passed away on opening day). As a fitting epitaph to both Merrick’s and Champion’s work, 42nd Street went on to run for 3,486 performances and win Tony Awards for both Best Choreography and Best Musical.

42nd Street has a rich history at the Barn, with the Dames last tapping across the stage as part of our 60th Anniversary Season in 2006. This time, we’re thrilled to have choreographer Matthew Kilgore setting a combination of both Gower Champion’s and Randy Skinner’s award-winning choreography. Not a step has been changed, nothing has been been diluted; you’re getting a true Broadway experience, here in New London! So sit back, relax, and enjoy “those tapping feet” down on 42nd Street!

May Movies

 May 16 • 7:30 PM • FREE

May 23 • 7:30 PM • FREE

*Donations Greatly Appreciated*

Come shake off the cold winter, welcome the spring, and celebrate the 2018 Summer Season. These FREE (donations greatly appreciated) movies are the perfect way to start your summer with the Barn.

May 16: Clue • PG
This 1985 film based on the board game has developed a cult following, and it’s obvious why! This comedic masterpiece packs in the laughs in a hilarious murder-mystery for the whole family. Was it Colonel Mustard with the Lead Pipe in the Library? Or Miss Scarlet with the Rope in the Study? Come find out!

May 23: Disney’s Newsies • PG
Join us for a screening of the original 1991 Disney classic that inspired the award-winning musical coming later in our season! Starring a young Christian Bale, and featuring Alan Menken’s gorgeous songs like “Santa Fe,” this Disney classic is a fan favorite, and we think Barn audiences will love this taste of what’s going to be leaping across the Barn stage in 2018!



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. www.MTIShows.com

Newsies Business Sponsors

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!