Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - NEWSIES!
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's NEWSIES below!
Newsies, which plays its final performance on August 24, 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. The original cast featured Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie.
The Newsies North American tour launches in October 2014 and will play 25 cities over 43 weeks during the 2014-15 season. For itinerary and ticket information, visit NewsiesTheMusical.com/Tour, Facebook.com/Newsies and Twitter.com/Newsies.
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.
COREY COTT (Jack Kelly)
Corey makes his Broadway debut in Disney's Newsies having just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. University credits include Suddenly Last Summer, Assassins, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Sweeney Todd directed by Joe Calarco, among others. He appeared in several productions at Pittsburgh CLO and recently in the reading of Bare directed by Stafford Arima. Love to his stunning wife Meg, beautiful family, friends, teachers, and manager Geoff Soffer. 1 Corinthians 10:31. Twitter: @NapOnACott.
JOHN DOSSETT (Joseph Pulitzer)
Thirteen Broadway appearances include: Fifth of July, Prelude To A Kiss, Ragtime, Gypsy (Tony nom.), Mamma Mia. John was a Company member of Circle Rep for 14 years, and a founding member of Ridge Theatre. Other credits: Giant ( Dallas Theater), Hello Again, Dinner At Eight, and The Clean House ( Lincoln Center ), Saved (Playwrights), A Little Night Music ( Kennedy Center). TV and Film: "The Good Wife," "Blue Bloods," "Law and Order" (all), "Sex and the City," John Adams.
LIANA HUNT (Katherine)
Broadway, National Tour: Mamma Mia! (Sophie). Regional: Les Miserables (Eponine), Beauty and the Beast (Belle). BFA, NYU. Thank you TH, Disney, Telsey, the team! Thanks/love to teachers, friends, my L, Con, Mom and Daddio!
LAVON FISHER-WILSON (Medda)
Brdwy: Lysistrata Jones (Hetaira u/s); Chicago (Mama Morton); The Color Purple (Sophia u/s & swing); Fav. Reg (20+). Hello! Dolly, Once on this Island, Jelly's Last Jam; TV: Cartoon Network's Team Toon; Film: Disney's Teen Beach Movie; M.F.A. U./Fla., B.A. Millikin; Awards: Suzi; Irene Ryan. Thanks & Love: (Hubby) Darrell, my babies, Darrell and Darrien, Mom, Dad, family, Bobbie@TEG. Holla' at my FB FAN PAGE: facebook.com/lavonfisherwilson
BEN FANKHAUSER (Davey)
Broadway Debut! First National Tour: Spring Awakening (Ernst). Papermill Playhouse: Newsies (Davey) Recordings: Scott Alan Live, Alex Sage Oyen's Drafts Vol. 2, Newsies OBCR. Many thanks to Nicolosi & Co and Telsey. Also To Jeff, Chris, and the entire creative team. BFA: Ithaca College
ANDY RICHARDSON (Crutchie)
Is so grateful and overjoyed to be playing Crutchie after originating the role of Romeo in Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse and on Broadway. Broadway: Gypsy (with Patti LuPone), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Off Broadway: Gypsy - New York City Center Encores! Special thanks to Jeff Calhoun, Christopher Gattelli, Newsies creative and production team and cast, Disney Theatrical Group, and Nancy Carson. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Emmy, Clinton, Maggie, and God.
LUCA PADOVAN (Les)
Broadway debut and thrilled to be a Newsie! Voiceover: "Jett and the Super Wings." Thanks to Jackie Reid, Innovative, Disney Theatrical and Telsey Casting. Special thanks to Jane Burgess, Laura Ware, Amanda Flynn and Rob Rokicki at Art House Astoria and to Kevin Allen who taught me how to rock! Love and thanks to Valentina, Mom and Dad for telling me to believe in my gift! lucapadovan.com
ZACHARY UNGER (Les)
Excited to join Newsies! Broadway: Big Fish, Chaplin. Off Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Measure for Measure. Film: Admission, Tar, Lily, What Maisie Knew. Thanks for everything Rachel Altman, Ellen Gilbert, Bonnie Shumofsky, Amelia DeMayo, Michael McCormick, mom, dad, my best brother Noah, grandmas and grandpas, Mary and friends. Go Heat!
AARON J. ALBANO (Finch, Ensemble)
Is thrilled to be living out a childhood dream in Newsies, this time on Broadway! Broadway: Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mary Poppins, Wicked, A Chorus Line, Bombay Dreams. More info at aaronjalbano.com. Proud Equity member. Love and thanks to God, family, and friends. ILYSJT.
MARK ALDRICH (Seitz, Ensemble)
Broadway: Ragtime. Many off-Broadway/regional credits including Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Irish Repertory. TV/Film: "Law & Order," "L&O: SVU," Gods and Generals. Proud Equity member. Thanks to my wonderful family, friends, the Newsies family and Jen.
GIUSEPPE BAUSILIO (Race)
Swiss, speaks seven languages. Billy Elliot (Billy) on Broadway, Chicago & US Tour; Spring Awakening (Melchior) at TBG. Film: Dead Man Down; Nutcracker (Prince). Carnegie Hall: Noh & Kyogen. Newsies is a dream come true!
TOMMY BRACCO (Spot Conlon, Scab, Ensemble)
Broadway debut! Special thanks to the functioning dysfunctionals and to all my teachers who helped this dream come true. "You can take the boy outta Brooklyn but you can't take the Brooklyn outta the boy." @tommybracco
JOHN E. BRADY (Wiesel, Stage Manager, Mr. Jacobi, Mayor, Ensemble)
Has played Timon in Broadway's The Lion King. He's also performed Off-Broadway, internationally and regionally. He's been on TV and done a few films. He's also done over 60 commercials. Favorite role: Donovan's dad.
CAITLYN CAUGHELL (Swing)
Thrilled to make Newsies her B'way debut! Favorite Performances: Sacramento Music Circus, Kennedy Center, Hangar Theater, The Old Globe, York Theater, NYU Steinhardt. BEYOND Grateful to have Telsey+Co, TGC, Mom, Dad, Kennedy, Sheryl and Rickey in my corner. caitlyncaughell.com
JULIAN DEGUZMAN (Swing)
Broadway debut! A SF Bay Area native, Julian has worked at Walnut Street Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, and Shake Shack! BFA Dance + BA Sociology UC Irvine. Gratitude to God, family, friends, Disney, Telsey & bloc NYC.
MICHAEL FATICA (Swing)
Broadway Debut! National tour: Beauty and the Beast (Lefou), CATS. Regional: Fulton Opera House, John W. Engeman Theatre, WBT. Proud FSU grad. Huge thanks to his amazing family and friends, Telsey, the creative team, and Professional Artists!
JP FERRERI (Swing)
Broadway Debut! Is thrilled to be selling papes again after performing in the Paper Mill production. Film: Hairspray (Joey). The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Montclair State. Much love to Mom Dad Lori Ann & Family!
JOHN MICHAEL FIUMARA (Specs, Ensemble)
Born and raised in Pittsburgh. Former Mr. Dance of America, ensemble dancer at Radio City! Thanks to God, his family, and his teacher Abby Lee Miller. He is making his Broadway debut!
DAMON J. GILLESPIE (Buttons, Scab, Ensemble)
Equity and Broadway debut. Regional: Carrie (Bailiwick Chicago). He is eternally grateful to CCPA family, Telsey and Gray Talent. This show is dedicated to Grace, Mom, his family and God. "Please enjoy".
DAVID GUZMAN (Mush, Ensemble)
Broadway debut w/twin brother Jacob! Brockton MA, The Gold School. Project Moves Dance Company (The Joyce Theater, Fire Island Dance Festival, ABC's Dancing With The Stars). Endless thanks to God, family, friends, and dance teachers!
JACOB GUZMAN (Sniper, Scab, Ensemble)
Broadway debut w/twin brother David! Brockton MA, The Gold School. Project Moves Dance Company (The Joyce Theater, Fire Island Dance Festival, ABC's Dancing With The Stars). Many thanks to God, family, friends, and dance teachers!
NICO JAMES (Darcy, Ensemble)
Broadway debut! Excited to be part of Newsies. TV: Fox's SYTYCD season 10. Dancing and performing are my passion. I aspire to inspire those around me. Grateful to my family, agents, mentors and God.
MOLLY JOBE (Hannah, Ensemble)
Thrilled to be joining Newsies! Broadway: A Christmas Carol. Regional: Annie (Papermill Playhouse). BFA, NYU New Studio on Broadway. Endless thanks to my family, teachers, Telsey+Co, the creative team, FBI, Disney, and Vin. For Mom and Dad.
ADAM KAPLAN (Morris Delancey, Ensemble)
Broadway debut! Westport, CT native. Regional: MTWichita, Flat Rock Playhouse. BFA, Elon University. Thanks to the creative team, Disney, Telsey, the Mine, MT'12, and my incredible teachers, friends, and family. Dreams come true, carpe diem!
EVAN KASPRZAK (Elmer, Ensemble)
Broadway debut! TV: Fox's "SYTYCD" season 5, third place. Regional: Newsies (Paper Mill), Joseph... (New Theatre) BFA Musical Theatre-Illinois Wesleyan University. Much love to Fam, Michael, Julie, MSA and Britta. EvanKasprzak.com
STUART MARLAND (Snyder, Ensemble)
Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Xanadu, Jekyll & Hyde, Cyrano-The Musical. National tour: The Producers (Roger DeBris), Seussical, Evita, Ragtime, Tommy, A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, The King and I. Professional Debut: Disneyland's Kids of the Kingdom, 1979.
TOMMY MARTINEZ (Romeo, Ensemble)
Broadway Debut! Credits: Wedding Singer, Tarzan, Dolly, Peter Pan. Thanks to: Cricket, Ponies, my 3 sets of parents, Ed, Kate, Fireside, Northern Stage, Justin, Telsey, Disney, Connor, June, Jason, Lanene, Mumu, Swarovski and Lulu.
DANIEL QUADRINO (Albert, Bill, Ensemble)
Thrilled to be joining Newsies! Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie. Pace class of 2014. Thanks to Lori at KSR,Telsey,and the creative team! Also thanks Mom, Dad, Mike and Devin for their love and support.
JULIE REIBER (Ensemble)
Favorite roles performed on Broadway: Elphaba in Wicked, Brooklyn in Brooklyn, Marion in Priscilla and Natalie/Ed in All Shook Up. Lots of other fun roles elsewhere! TV: "The Americans." Solo debut album "Love Travels" at www.juliereiber.com
TOM ALAN ROBBINS (Roosevelt, Ensemble)
Broadway: Lion King (Pumbaa); Is He Dead?; Sunset Boulevard; Jerome Robbins' Broadway; Threepenny Opera; Once Upon a Mattress. 1st National Tour: Les Miz (Thernardier). Off-Broadway: On the Verge; Isn't It Romantic; Daniel Rocket; The Cradle Will Rock. Graduate: Juilliard.
JACK SCOTT (Swing)
Is thrilled to make his Broadway debut in Newsies! Huge thanks to Jeff, Chris, Telsey and the team! Currently training at the Boston Conservatory, he is fuelled by his inspiring family and friends!
BRENDON STIMSON (Oscar Delancey, Ensemble)
Broadway: West Side Story. Off-Broadway: Where's Charley? (City Center Encores!). Regional: Newsies (Paper Mill Playhouse). Brendon is living his dream every night in this show. Love and thanks to family and friends who have helped me here. Love to Catherine. BFA, Syracuse.
NICK SULLIVAN (Bunsen, Ensemble)
Broadway: Footloose, Black Comedy, Moliere Comedies. Off-Broadway: Lone Star Love. Television: "Girls," "Elementary," "30 Rock," "Good Wife," "Spin City," "AMC," "Law and Order"(all three flavors). Film: Prison Song, Puccini for Beginners, Our Idiot Brother.
IAIN YOUNG (Henry, Ensemble)
Broadway debut! Excited it's "Newsies"! Performances: Hairspray (Link) local, Disney Performing Arts & lots more. Thanks to WCDE and NYCDA, family, mentors, & proud to be on the stage with Ryan again! Thanks DDPC!
STUART ZAGNIT (Swing)
Broadway: Seussical, The Wild Party, The People In The Picture; Off-B'way: Little Shop, All In The Timing, Lucky Stiff, Kuni-Leml, A Dybbuk, The Grand Tour. National tour: Crazy For You, Into The Woods, Grinch, Applause, Falsettos. TV: "Blue Bloods," "30 Rock," "Law & Order(s);" Film: According To Greta, Jingle Hell.