Disney Scoops 17 Tony Nominations for NEWSIES and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Newsies, the breakout new American musical, today received eight Tony® Award nominations including Best Musical. Additionally, Newsies was recognized with nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman), Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel), and Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob).
Meanwhile, Peter and the Starcatcher, developed in a multi-year process by Disney Theatrical Productions, and produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions, received nine nominations including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Roger Rees and Alex Timbers), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Christian Borle), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Celia Keenan-Bolger), Best Original Score (Wayne Barker and Rick Elice), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Donyale Werle), Best Costume Design of a Play (Paloma Young), Best Sound Design of a Play (Darron L. West), and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jeff Croiter).
This season, Newsies has already been nominated for seven Outer Critics Circle Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and two Drama League Awards, including Best Musical nods from all three organizations.
Newsies, features music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act), lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Newsies is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Big River revival) and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific revival).
The Broadway company of Newsies features Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and Lewis Grosso, and Matthew Schechter alternating the role of Les.