'The World Will Know!' The Original Cast of NEWSIES - Where Are They Now?
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! All this week we're bringing you snapshots from the NEWSIES "paper route" -- from the movie to how the show got to the Great White Way, to the show's still-burgeoning fandom, and its award-winning cast and creative team.
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 winnerHarvey 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.
In honor of the beloved show's final week of performances, BWW is taking a look at where the original NEWSIES principal cast members and creative team have landed after carrying the banner for a final time!
Jeremy Jordan, 'Jack Kelly'
After departing NEWSIES, Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan didn't stray too far from Broadway, joining the cast of NBC's short-lived series SMASH for its second season, and starring in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST 5 YEARS, opposite Anna Kendrick. After SMASH's cancellation, Jordan boarded the stage adaptation of FINDING NEVERLAND, now playing at Boston's A.R.T before flying to Broadway next spring.
Kara Lindsay, 'Katherine Plumber'
Kara Lindsay made her Broadway debut in NEWSIES, sticking with Jack Kelly and company through February 2014 before joining the second national touring company of WICKED as Glinda. Lindsay is still bringing Oz to both coasts in the cast, which also features Laurel Harris and Matt Shingledecker.
Andrew Keenan-Bolger, 'Crutchie'
Since passing the crutch to Andy Richardson in 2013, Andrew Keenan-Bolger has kept himself busy in typical Keenan-Bolger fashion: while still in NEWSIES, he and Kate Weatherhed successfully funded a third season of their much-loved Broadway-centric webseries SUBMISSIONS ONLY via Kickstarter (which became BroadwayWorld exclusive in 2014.) With production on 'SUBMISSIONS' underway, Keenan-Bolger took part in early readings of TUCK EVERLASTING, and starred in FAMILY FURNITURE Off-Broadway at The Flea in 2013. Keenan-Bolger began making a transition to the screen the same year, appearing in the indie films YOU MUST BE JOKING and THE REWRITE with Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, and Hugh Grant. In 2014, he booked a guest-starring role on HBO's LOOKING, opposite fellow stage vet Jonathan Groff.
John Dossett, 'Joseph Pulitzer'
John Dossett has remained with NEWSIES as the penny-pinching, paper-pushing Joseph Pulitzer until only recently - on August 26, Dossett will be stepping into the Tony-winning PIPPIN revival as 'King Charles', replacing original cast member John Rubenstein. Dossett took a brief hiatus from NEWSIES in late 2012 to star in GIANT at The Public Theater, alongside Brian D'Arcy James and Kate Baldwin. In 2013, Dossett also guest starred on FX's drama THE AMERICANS, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.
Capathia Jenkins, 'Medda Larkin'
Capathia Jenkins originated the role of 'Medda Larkin' on Broadway, remaining with the production through September 9, 2012. Since exiting, Jenkins took part in a number of cabaret concerts throughout New York City, and was a featured performer in the New York Pops' 2014 gala at Carnegie Hall. This summer, it was announced that Jenkins would head back to the Nederlander, rejoining NEWSIES for the remainder of its run.
Ben Fankhauser, 'Davey'
Talk about dedication to the cause: since making his Broadway debut in NEWSIES, 'Fansie' favorite Ben Fankhauser has remained with the production as 'Davey' throughout its entire run!
Following the success of NEWSIES, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner Alan Menken began work on developing ABC's musical fairy tale series GALAVANT, alongside Dan Fogelman and Glenn Slater. As NEWSIES began to wind down in Spring 2014, Disney's stage adaptation of ALADDIN, for which he wrote the music for the original 1992 film, opened on Broadway. On the heels of ALADDIN's opening, it was also announced that La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse will stage the world premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, featuring music by Menken, with future plans to bring the production to New York.
After NEWSIES officially opened on Broadway, Jack Feldman took home the 2012 Tony Award for 'Best Original Score,' which he shared with Menken.
With his work on NEWSIES' book complete, Harvey Fierstein kept on at it. Alongside Jerry Mitchell and Cyndi Lauper, Fierstein penned the stage adaptation of KINKY BOOTS, which took home six 2013 Tony Awards, including 'Best Musical.' The same year, Fierstein appeared on NBC's SMASH as himself, as well as in the film THE SAMURAI. In 2014, his latest play, CASA VALENTINA, starring Reed Birney and Patrick Page, premiered on Broadway via Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The production was nominated for four Tony Awards.
With NEWSIES under his belt, Jeff Calhoun went on to helm the national tour of Frank Wildhorn's JEKYLL & HYDE, starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox. The revival made its way back to Broadway briefly in Spring 2013. Calhoun also directed the 2012 U.K. tour of Dolly Parton's 9 TO 5.
NEWSIES' choreographer Christopher Gattelli moved from Manhattan to the Catskills, serving as a Dance Consultant on Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA at MTC. Earlier this year, it was also confirmed that Gattelli would provide musical staging for Bartlett Sherr's 2015 Broadway revival of THE KING AND I, starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe.