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loliveve
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"Newsies" cast change(s)
Posted: 7/23/12 at 01:03am
Alex Wong (known for "SYTYCD") is leaving the show this week. I think JP Ferreri is replacing him, but don't know fore sure. Does anyone know? And are other cast changes anticipated in the near future? Just wondering!

I guess I was surprised because I figured cast members would stay until Aug. 19 (the date of the extension before it became open-ended).
CATSNYrevival
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Re: "Newsies" cast change(s)
Posted: 7/23/12 at 01:11am
Bummer! This is one of those shows (like the last revival of Hair) that I feel is going to lose a lot of its magic when the original leads are gone.
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JohnyBroadway
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 01:18am
I wonder what project Alex is moving on to?
PlayItAgain
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 01:34am
@CATSNY no it won't....
nicnyc
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 03:38am
His last show in Wednesday and I am seeing it next Tuesday - what a bummer!
dramamama611
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 09:20am
To be fair, if you didn't KNOW who Alex was (from SYTYCD) he wouldn't stand out in this.


I wouldn't think there will all that many changes in the near future.

And I agree: this won't be hurt by changes in casting. The choreography is the wow factor.
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broadway_show_fan
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 09:32am
Any way to confirm his last show is Wednesday - source? So you mean this Wednesday, the 25th? I'm assuming at the evening show and not the matinee?
ucjrdude902
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 09:53am
Is he going to go choreograph for SYTYCD?
broadway_show_fan
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joined:12/12/05
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 09:57am
nevermind. I did a bit of googling and found his twitter account, where he announced it to all of his fans.

His account:
http://twitter.com/AlexdWong/

The specific tweet:
http://twitter.com/AlexdWong/status/227175077450489857
Updated On: 7/23/12 at 09:57 AM
loliveve
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 12:23pm
Sorry I didn't post the source in the first place... I blame it on the fact that it was late!

I don't have a source for my guess that JP Ferreri is the replacement, but was glancing through the "SIPs" for the weekend, and think I saw him in one with Newsies.
kikki327
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 01:40pm
I agree that Alex didn't stand out that much. I was much more drawn to watch Ryan Steele (but who isn't?) and Evan Kasprzak rather than Alex. I'm so excited for JP to return to the cast! His first show is Friday (as per his twitter).
tphiliboy152
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 11:28pm
Is Alex the only one leaving as of now? I'd imagine more people will be leaving within the coming weeks because Newsies just had an open casting call in NYC and through submitting videos. I also read on their twitter that they are going to audition for newsboys in Los Angeles soon.
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broadwayguy2
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Posted: 7/23/12 at 11:54pm
As an ensemble member, Alex Wong is only obligated to 6 months with the show. Right about now is when the original scheduled run would be ending, so he probably negotiated to be allowed to leave. At the end of the 6 months, any and all of the ensemble boys will be allowed to commit to a minimum of another 6 months by signing a new contract or they can continue on their current contract and then leave any time they choose by giving 4 week's notice.

By that logic, they need a casting folder full of newsies ready to go and be offered contracts for the show.

Producers are also required to hold auditions every 6 months, regardless of role availability. No doubt they are also contemplating a tour for the show.
ILuv2shop531
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 12:14am
The show only started previews in mid March, started rehearsals in February. So technically that wouldn't be 6 months yet?
loliveve
Broadway Star
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 12:31am
Well, the original run of the show was to end the day of the Tony Awards. Regardless, six months-- including previews-- would be Sept. 15th. Or does the six-month period include tech, etc.?

Also, I thought some shows have ensemble members hired to "run-of-show" contracts? (At least that is what I heard from an ensemble member in "Wicked"). I guess it doesn't really matter though...
broadwayguy2
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 12:43am
if you note in my post, I said that when the extension was announced, he probably negotiated a date that he would be able to leave.

ensemble members are on a "six month - run of the play contract". It is an open ended contract, good for the length of the show's run, but they have to commit to a minimum of six months in the show. every six months they are able to sign a rider committing to six more months, or they can choose to not sign the rider and then they are free to leave whenever they choose.
loliveve
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 12:46am
Yup, I noted what you said about negotiating a departure date. I was just curious what the six months would include. Thanks for the explanation about the run-of-show contracts.
shrekster224
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 12:54am
Actually, Alex only had a binding contract until June 10, the original closing date. This is an extension of that, as he has other obligations that the production team was aware he committed to. JP Ferreri may be temporarily replacing him, but he is I believe going to be another swing once they rehearse the replacement, which they did find at last weekend's open call, so congrats to him. They were also hoping to find an additional swing through the open calls and ECC's and I'm not quite sure about the status of that now that JP is rejoining the company.

Here's hoping they do tour!
Updated On: 7/24/12 at 12:54 AM
broadwayguy2
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 03:53am
See? Obligations after the original closing date and he negotiated out after the show extended. :)
Last I saw, Ferreri was only coming in as a temporary replacement. I hadn't heard that he would be swinging after, so who knows. I could easily see them (and would say that it would be wise) having 4 Newsie swings as there such a large number of young men in the show. When I went early in previews, they already had two on that day!
broadway_show_fan
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 10:36am
Yeah, I was surprised they didn't have more swings from the get-go. I guess since it was originally only supposed to be from March to June it probably seemed silly to have so many swings.
mdbro88
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 12:27pm
I know Alex is on the faculty of the dance intensive Excel in Motion, beginning in Nov. There are several SYTYCD alums in that group. I'm fairly certain he will be an All Star this year on SYTYCD, particularly since there is a female contestant who is classically trained. I imagine Nigel is salivating to match him up with her.


"I agree that Alex didn't stand out that much. I was much more drawn to watch Ryan Steele (but who isn't?) and Evan Kasprzak rather than Alex."

That was my take. Evan, along with fellow SYTYCDer Jess, were so good in King of New York, especially the tap face-off with the spoons.

And I agree, with the demands of that choreography, I have been surprised at the small number of swings. I can't imagine churning out 8 shows a week without eventually running out of steam...or needing a break to recover from stress on the body.
shrekster224
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 02:24pm
In the show I don't necessarily think Alex stands out as much as just keeping the level of execution high. I actually had Michael Fatica on for Evan when I saw it and he was great. Thayne and Jess do stand out to me, though, as far as SYTYCD go. I'm a fan of them all, though, and really commend their work. What a demanding show.
broadway_show_fan
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 03:42pm
Interesting to hear you all say he didn't stand to you. I thought quite the opposite. I have never seen SYTYCD before, so I didn't even know which ones were in that before reading the Playbill bios and matching bios to faces. I just don't think he's featured as heavily - Evan and Jess have the aforementioned spoons bit in King of NY, Thayne has a featured second character.

Alex's dancing stood out to me in a few ways. The first time I saw Newsies at first preview, during King of New York, when he has the solo on top of the table and taps the spoon on his shoe when his leg is raised up, everyone gasped. Every time since then, everyone has gasped "ohhh!" when he does that. Second time is during his pirouettes during the finale. I'm NOT a dancer, but he and Ryan Steele have such beautiful form and their pirouettes look like a "how-to," just perfect.

Updated On: 8/30/12 at 03:42 PM
mdbro88
Swing
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 06:01pm
broadway_show_fan, I need to modify what I said earlier. All of the ensemble, including Alex, are stupefyingly good. Christopher Gattelli said that he allowed each dancer to show whatever specialty move or "trick" they had in their dance vocabulary and made sure to work that moment in somehow, so I agree, they all shine as dancers. I think I was also considering stage persona, acting, ability to project to the back of the theater, etc. in my earlier comment.

For Alex, are you talking about his split turn, which he does as a "leg grab"? Alex considers that his signature move. I guess maybe I was expecting him to have considerably MORE impact than most of the other boys, considering he was once a principal in Miami City Ballet. They all have their wow moments for sure. I am a little saddened by the beginnings of the dissolution of the original cast. Alex's fans, in particular, will be disappointed and rightly so. I know if Ryan Steele leaves, there will be outright grief among many fans.

By the way since you didn't watch SYTYCD, do yourself a favor. Search YouTube for "Twitch, Alex" and watch "ballet boy" kill a hiphop with one of the former SYTYCD stars. He's a versatile dancer to boot!
Mouses Magic
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Posted: 7/24/12 at 11:02pm
Is Jeremy Jordan leaving the production or missing any upcoming dates that anyone knows about? I am thinking of seeing the show either Aug 31st at 8:00pm or September 1st at 2:00pm and am hoping he will still be there.
sorano916
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Posted: 7/25/12 at 07:30pm
Jeremy's getting married in September in Ashley's hometown, based on an interview he did recently, so he'll be out then. But no confirmed dates, though.

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