The much awaited Broadway musical Newsies has announced a fabulous cast line up for the London production which opens in December.
Legally Blonde star Michael Ahomka-Lindsay will star as Jack Kelly and Bronté Barbé of Oklahoma fame as Katherine Plumber in the UK premiere which opens at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on Thursday 8th December for a strictly limited season, following previews from 29th November.
The Disney inspired show produced by Runaway Entertainment is based on a true story in New York at the turn of the 19th century and tells the tale of a ragged bond of teenage newspaper sellers, who dream of a better lifestyle than the hard life on the streets.
After newspaper magnate, Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers, charged to the newsies, Jack Kelly, rallies his fellow newsboys in an attempt to protest the change.
Along the way, he falls in love with young reporter Katherine and his life is turned upside down as he and his fellow newsboys join forces to rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons and fight for justice, using the only power they have – solidarity.
The full cast includes Moya Angela as Medda Larkin, Lindsay Atherton as Ensemble, Samuel Bailey as Specs, Imogen Bailey as Swing, Josh Barnett, as Race, Cameron Blakely as Joseph Pulitzer, Jack Bromage as Tommy Boy, Bobbie Chambers as Ensemble, Alex Christian as Buttons, Arcangelo Ciulla as Ike, George Crawford as Morris Delancey, Ross Dawes as Snyder, Joshua Denyer as Mush, Ross Dorrington as Splasher, Matthew Duckett as Crutchie, Kamilla Fernandes as Ensemble, Jacob Fisher as Albert, Jamie Golding as Wiesel, Damon Gould as Finch, Zack Guest as Swing, Jordan Isaac as Swing, Alex James-Hatton as Oscar Delancey, Clarice Julianda as Ensemble, Barry Keenan as Nunzio, Ryan Kopel as Davey, Sion Lloyd as Bunsen George Michaelides as Romeo, Mukeni Nel as Jo Jo, Joshua Nkemdilim as Elmer, Mark Samaras as Mike, Bradley Trevethan as Swing, Matt Trevorrow as Henry and Lillie-Pearl Wildman as Ensemble. The role of Les will be played by Nesim Adnan, Haydn Court, Oliver Gordon and Ethan Sokontwe.
The original production of Newsies opened on Broadway in 2012 and was slated to play only 100 performances but went on to play over 1,000 performances before touring and winning two Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score.
The original production was filmed live on stage and released in cinemas in 2017. Now for the very first time, audiences in the UK have a chance to enjoy the thrill of one of the biggest Broadway hits of recent years.
In an innovative and brand new production, theatregoers will be thrust right inside the action as the Newsies dance, sing, jump and fly around the streets of a booming 19th century New York City. Directed and choreographed by Olivier nominee Matt Cole, with set design by Morgan Large, musical supervision, dance arrangements and musical direction by Nigel Lilley, costumes by Natalie Pryce, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Tony Gayle, orchestrations by Simon Hale, performer flying by John Maddox for Suspended Illusions Ltd, casting by Lucy Casson, children’s casting by Jo Hawes, fight directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown for RC Annie, associate director Rachael Nanyonjo, associate choreographer Jane McMurtrie, associate musical director Chris Ma and production management by Lee Batty and Andy Fox for Setting Line.
Newsies is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons, Gavin Kalin, Hunter Arnold, Kater Gordon and Dianne Roberts, by permission of Disney Theatrical Productions.
For more information and tickets, please visit: https://newsiesthemusical.co.uk.
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