Newsies Cast Changes

shrekster224
Broadway Legend
joined:1/27/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/10/13 at 08:26pm
Apparently at the ECC this well they were legitimately looking for a new Specs. Maybe they'll find one and rehearse him in time, but the Julian rumor could just be temporary until the real replacement is ready.
LesMizazz
Stand-by
joined:5/22/04
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/11/13 at 12:00am
I saw JP watching the show with Michael on Wednesday night in the audience, so he is coming back, whether it be Specs or a Swing. Although I haven't seen Julian as Specs, I just saw him as Race and he didn't stick out nearly as much as Ryan Breslin. Hogan Fulton was a great replacement for Thayne (they sometimes even look alike from far away and make the same faces), and the age difference with Darcy isn't noticeable.
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getatme
Stand-by
joined:6/14/11
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/11/13 at 01:50am
JP comes and goes as a vacation swing when they need him. Michael Fatica has a vacation coming up at the end of the month so JP will be with the company for the next few weeks covering.
ElphabaGoodman
Stand-by
joined:4/2/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/15/13 at 03:26pm
Laurie Veldheer's last show is February 10. She will be on for Katherine this coming Sunday (January 20).
shrekster224
Broadway Legend
joined:1/27/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/15/13 at 05:11pm
Anyone know what Laurie is moving on to? Maybe they've added a standby for Cinderella...I could see it. Trying to see Sunday's show for Ryan's last, so good to know that she'll be on for Kathrine.

FosseTharp
Swing
joined:5/7/11
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/15/13 at 05:42pm
^ I was under the impression that Laurie was going to understudy Laura in Cinderella, but then when the cast list came out I was suprised to not see her name. So if she's going into Cinderella that makes sense. However, I do know she needs a sub-letter for her apartment for 6 weeks, so I believe she will be doing something out of town. I can call or text her and ask if noone else has more info?!
ElphabaGoodman
Stand-by
joined:4/2/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/15/13 at 07:44pm
Laurie is actually going to be starring in Paper Mill's upcoming production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
WhatIWasBorn2Do
Stand-by
joined:11/10/12
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/15/13 at 11:33pm
I found this on Abby lee Millers website. It appears that John Michael Fiumara is the new Specs?

JMF is the new SPECS in NEWSIES
ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/15/13 at 11:42pm
Forgive me if this has been said, where is Ryan Steele going? Just moving on?
Blockhead24
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/09
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/15/13 at 11:43pm
^Matilda
*formerly obsessedjb*

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shrekster224
Broadway Legend
joined:1/27/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/16/13 at 08:51pm
Good for Laurie! Does anyone know if she's coming back after Millie or if this is her true final show?

It's gonna be hard for me to see Newsies w/o Steele, but good for him for continually finding work.
Blockhead24
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/09
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/23/13 at 02:20pm
Does anyone know when Kara is leaving?
*formerly obsessedjb*

"Make up your mind you want clarity, take what you know and then make it make sense"-N2N
sorano916
Featured Actor
joined:8/6/08
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/29/13 at 12:00am
So... Adam Kaplan is joining the cast as a Jack understudy, per his vocal studio (http://mattfarnsworthvoice.com/). Currently, Brendon Stimson & Mike Faist are Jack understudies.

Options that I'm thinking:
- Adam's a standby like Corey was before Jeremy left
- Adam's going to be Romeo & be a 3rd cover.
- Either Brendon or Mike are leaving & Adam will take over their cover spot
- Either Brendon or Mike are no longer going to be an understudy & Adam will take over their cover spot

It's just a interesting, I guess.
notzach
Swing
joined:7/20/08
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/29/13 at 12:57am
He's the standby. One of my friends knew someone who read as Crutchie with the three people who were up for the Jack standby spot the other day.
shrekster224
Broadway Legend
joined:1/27/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 1/29/13 at 01:51am
^ Cool that your friend knew he was up for it and then he got it! Same thing happened with me and Julian DeGuzman last summer and found out he booked it a few days later- was so happy for him!

JP was on for Specs tonight if anyone was wondering. He was probably great!
sorano916
Featured Actor
joined:8/6/08
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/10/13 at 10:25pm
John Michael started on the 4th and I've heard good things about him.

Liana Hunt will be taking over Laurie's track and she's starting February 19th.
https://twitter.com/hikevmetz/status/299167664776028160

Adam Kaplan will also be starting on February 19th.
https://twitter.com/AdamSKaplan/status/297911555306160130

However, he seems to be tweeting a lot lately with Brendon, making it seem like he'll be taking over that track... instead of just being a standby.
https://twitter.com/AdamSKaplan/status/300097441166929920

I really like Brendon (in his own track and as Jack) and I would be sad if he left the show.
shrekster224
Broadway Legend
joined:1/27/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/10/13 at 10:57pm
Where did you see/hear things about JM Fiumara? Haven't seen any updates! Definitely want to get back to the show soon to see all of the changes. Saw the Liana Hunt tweets earlier and couldn't be happier for her. Can't wait to see what she does as Kathrine.

Not sure if Adam is taking over for a Delancy or just becoming s/b. He's definitely a Jack Kelley cover one way or the other, though. There will also have to be a new Romeo since Andy is taking over for Andrew after AKB leaves March 10th.

Updated On: 2/11/13 at 10:57 PM
syd10801
Swing
joined:5/3/12
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/10/13 at 11:00pm
I saw JM tonight and he was great.

Where are people hearing that Brendon is leaving?
imdakingofny
Swing
joined:2/11/13
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 09:41am
I have a friend who works with the casting company, and so they said that Liana is going in for Laurie's track and Adam is the new Morris and Jack understudy. So I don't think it's Brendon that's leaving...
Phillytheatreguy10
Leading Actor
joined:7/22/12
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 11:06am
Morris and Oscar are interchangeable, so maybe your contact is wrong? However, both Mike and Brendan are standbys for "Jack" so does this mean Mike Faist is the one that's departing, haven't heard that yet. Anyone know?
imdakingofny
Swing
joined:2/11/13
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 01:59pm
No, Morris and Oscar aren't interchangeable because they also each do their own thing in King of New York. Brendon isn't leaving though, that much I do know.
Phillytheatreguy10
Leading Actor
joined:7/22/12
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 04:19pm
I meant character wise they are interchangeable, they are brothers! It isn't beyond the scope of belief that someone off the cuff may confuse one for the other- I've seen they show 3 times, I am well aware of their tracks and how Mike has a solo tap moment in "King of New York". Just curious as to is mike is departing really. Not looking for a fight, just clarifying my previous comment.
imdakingofny
Swing
joined:2/11/13
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 04:23pm
Haha newsies love gets everyone heated!
notzach
Swing
joined:7/20/08
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 04:53pm
Mike is the one leaving. Brendon is staying put as far as I've heard.
TheOriginalNewsgirl
Swing
joined:2/11/13
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 06:11pm
Oh no! He's my favorite! Any word on his last performance date?!
Wishing Only Wounds
Broadway Star
joined:4/27/10
Newsies Cast Changes
Posted: 2/11/13 at 08:38pm
I don't think anyone has mentioned Andy? Or I somehow missed it. Either way, I love that they're doing age appropriate casting!
Andy Richardson to Replace Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Newsies's Next Crutchie
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