Last Edition: NEWSIES Stars Recall Favorite Memories- Kara Lindsay
NEWSIES plays its final performance on Broadway this coming Sunday, August 24, but BroadwayWorld (and the rest of New York, we hope) isn't ready to let the musical leave just yet! Throughout the week, we continue the Newsies love by bringing you favorite memories from a slew of the current and past stars of the show!
KARA LINDSAY (Katherine - original cast)
Newsies will forever hold a very special place in my heart. It's where so many dreams became a reality for so many of us. A Broadway debut is indescribable and to have made it with this particular group was very special. It warms my heart to think back to our first day in the Nederlander Theater and seeing the stage that would, unexpectedly, become our home for almost 3 years! OR thinking back to our very first rehearsal for the Paper Mill run and meeting everyone that would soon become family! There is a lot of love amongst this cast and crew. Saying goodbye absolutely broke my heart. Newsies was a very full chapter in my life, both career-wise and personally. The cast and crew helped Kevin and me plan our wedding and even threw us a shower in the Nederlander lobby! I mean, really!!
I truly do not know how to put into words how much Newsies has touched my heart. There aren't enough 'thank yous' in the world! Beyond grateful.
NEWSIES features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work.
When it opened on March 29, 2012, Newsies was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances. The show's fiercely devoted fans had other ideas, however: they propelled the show to a run that will total 1005 performances, attendance of more than 1 million and a gross of over $100M. At the time of Newsies' closing, only the landmark musical Rent will have played the Nederlander Theatre longer in its 93 year history.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.