Cast Set For NEWSIES at Musical Theatre West

Performances run July 12 - July 28, 2024.

By: Jun. 13, 2024
Cast Set For NEWSIES at Musical Theatre West
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Southern California’s premier theatre company, Musical Theatre West has announced the cast and crew for the upcoming Tony Award-Winning Disney musical, Newsies. An inspiring story of young heroes fighting for justice and freedom, MTW’s production of Newsies will run for a limited time, July 12 - July 28, 2024, with an official opening night celebration on Saturday, July 13. Tickets are on sale NOW, starting at $20 USD each and are available by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at

Disney’s Newsies is a powerful dance musical that tells the story of the paperboys known as “newsies” as they fight to win fair wages from newspaper tycoon Joseph Pulitzer. Based on the historical New York newsies strike of 1899, Newsies tells the story of the (fictional) Jack Kelly, as he leads his fellow newsies to stand against unfair treatment from the newspaper companies. With help from a young reporter, Katherine Plumber, Jack and his friends have a chance to change their world, but when the strike doesn’t turn out as planned, the entire movement teeters on the edge of collapse. The strike will fail unless all the newsies of New York, from Brooklyn to the Bronx, seize the day and stand together to make their voices heard.

In MTW’s upcoming production of Disney’s Newsies, Jack Kelly will be played by Dillon Klena and Davey will be played by Jaylen Baham. His younger sibling, Les, will be played by Colton Jackson Hutzler; Monika Peña will play Katherine Plumber. Crutchie will be played by Tom Avery, David Engel will play Joseph Pulitzer, and Dominique Kent will play Meda Larkin.

Leading the artful charge will be Director & Choreographer Jeffry Denman, known for his traditional and experimental work on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally, which has culminated in a remarkable body of work spanning over 20 years. Music Director Ryan O’Connell, whose music has been heard worldwide in a variety of venues: in film, on stage, and in the concert hall, will have audiences singing along to fan-favorite songs including “Seize the Day,” “Carrying the Banner,” and “Santa Fe.”

Musical Theatre West's production of Newsies will premiere at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on select dates, July 12 - July 28, 2024, with a special ASL-interpreted performance on Friday, July 19. More details to be announced soon.

Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at Fees may apply. Student rush tickets for $15 are available at the Box Office one hour prior to showtime, with a valid student ID. More information, a full line-up of performances, and additional details can be found at

2024 Cast

  • Dillon Klena - Jack Kelly

  • Monika Peña - Katherine Plummer

  • David Engel - Joseph Pulitzer

  • Dominique Kent - Medda Larkin

  • Tom Avery - Crutchie

  • Jaylen Baham - Davey

  • Colton Jackson Hutzler - Les

  • Shiloh Orr - Seitz, Ensemble

  • Alex Riley - Bunsen, Ensemble

  • Andre Darnell Myers - Specs, Ensemble

  • Taven Blanke - Race, Ensemble

  • Brandon Halvorsen - Ensemble

  • Laura Leo Kelly - Ensemble

  • Anthony Cannarella - Elmer, Ensemble

  • Katie Marshall - Ensemble

  • Lizzy Sheck - Ensemble

  • Gabby Rosales - Ensemble

  • Liza Piccoli - Dance Captain, Hannah, Ensemble

  • William Hartery - Jacobi/Roosevelt, Ensemble

  • Corey Rieger - Wiesel/Nunzio, Ensemble

  • Bill Ledesma - Mayor, Ensemble

  • David Kirk Grant - Snyder, Ensemble

  • Antoine Lee - Delancey, Ensemble

  • Skylar Gaines - Delancey, Ensemble

Student Ensemble

  • Brady Barrett - Student Ensemble, Les U/S

  • Sam Borenstein - Student Ensemble

  • Aleksi Barranco - Student Ensemble

  • Daniel Peters - Student Ensemble

  • Conor Noson - Student Ensemble

  • Waverly Craver - Student Ensemble

  • Rosalie Belle Hutzler - Student Ensemble

  • Corrina Castro - Student Ensemble

  • Rae Martinez - Student Ensemble

  • Chloe Alyssa Hanser - Student Ensemble

  • Dagny Shaw - Student Ensemble

  • Ryan Bohmholdt - Student Ensemble

  • John Kasey Candeleria - Student Ensemble

  • Daxton Bethoney - Student Ensemble

  • Brennen Jacob Esguerra - Student Ensemble

  • Xo Hayes - Student Ensemble


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