Disney Theatrical has announced the full cast list for its upcoming Broadway theatrical debut of ‘Newsies,’ based on the cult-classic of the same title. As previously announced, Jeremy Jordan will return to reprise the role he originated, Jack Kelly. Also returning from the Paper Mill Playhouse production are John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Aaron J. Albano as ensemble, Mark Aldrich as Seitz/ensemble and Tommy Bracco as Spot Conlon. The full cast list can be found on the ‘Newsies’ official website.
‘Newsies’ will play at the Nederlander Theater from March 15 through June 10. Tickets will go on sale on January 30 at 10 am through the ‘Newsies’ box office and Ticket Master.
We first talked about it way back in March of 2010, but today we have confirmation that Disney’s ‘Newsies’ from Disney Theatrical is in fact heading to Broadway in 2012 for a limited run. According to the official website, NEWSIESTHEMUSICAL.COM, the show will be playing at the Nederlander Theatre from March 15, 2012 through June 10, 2012. Tickets for the show will go on sale January 30, 2012 at 10 am.
Earlier this year, the show had a limited run at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Fans of Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Lion King’ musical have a new destination to pick up some of its merchandise as Disney Theatrical has brought a taste of Broadway to Fifth Avenue. Just a couple of days ago, the group set up a kiosk pushing much of the merchandise one would typically only find when attending the shows (although Disney Store Times Square does sell some Disney Theatrical merchandise, the kiosk at FAO appears to have several items Disney Store does not).
The kiosk, which is staffed by Disney cast members, is intended to be a special holiday shopping experience for the toy store, known for extravagant experiences, but we were told Disney is hoping to make it a permanent experience at FAO if the holiday season proves its potential.
As a bonus, because the kiosk is run by Disney, they honor all cast member and annual passholder discounts.
FAO Schwarz is also home to the original (and currently only) Muppet Whatnot Workshop where guests can design and receive their very own Muppet-like creation.
It’s been well over a year since we first mentioned that a staged adaptation of the Walt Disney Studios cult classic Newsies was on its way, but last week saw the first performance of the newly adapted musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Featuring a new book by Harvey Fierstein and new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, the show has been delighting audiences to rave reviews and has an official opening date of September 25, 2011.
Yesterday, Jeremy Jordan (Jack Kelly) and the rest of the cast made an appearance on ABC’s ‘The View’ in which they performed ‘Sante Fe’ and ‘Seize the Day’ from the show. ABC has provided us with photos from the appearance, which we provide here, along with a recording of the show’s performance, courtesy of Disney Theatrical.
In addition to the photos from the televised performance, I have included a few photos of my own from when I attended a performance this past weekend, in which I had the pleasure of encountering Disney Theatrical President Thomas Schumacher, Director Jeff Calhoun and Composer Alan Menken.
Below are photos of merchandise created specifically for the new show. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version as well as a description and price. Those unable to attend the show in person but wish to purchase the merchandise can do so by contacting Ty via email at [email protected].
‘Newsies’ is currently running at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey through October 16, 2011 with an official opening scheduled for September 25. The theatre is conveniently located within walking distance to the Millburn train station on the NJ Transit line which connects to New York Penn Station. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Paper Mill Playhouse official site.
On October 2, Paper Mill Playhouse will offer its ‘Newsies’ Fan Day promotion for the 7 pm performance which begins at 4 pm with Radio Disney, followed by a special reception ($25) which includes a pre-show cast talk-back and a special gift. For more information on the special event, click here.
From now through June 12, Disney fans are invited to order tickets to the new musical making its theatrical debut at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on September 15. Those taking advantage of the pre-sale can also save an additional 10% by using code FBDISNEY either online or by calling 973-376-4343.
Directed by Jeff Calhoun and with a book written by Harvey Fierstein, the musical also features songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman who collaborated for the stage adaptation.
New York City area visitors/residents are advised that the theater is easily accessible via NJ Transit from Penn Station which runs to the Millburn station, less than half a mile away from the theatre.
The show is scheduled to run for just one month at the Paper Mill Playhouse, through October 16, 2011.
Plans to bring the show to Broadway are anticipated but have not yet been announced. The film is also expected to have some connection with Disney California Adventure as part of its makeover, but nothing confirmed there yeteither.
Last week, the Seattle Times reported that the 5th Avenue Theatre had opted to postpone its planned production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! this July in favor of the world premiere of a new staged musical version of Aladdin by Disney Theatrical.
Additional reports today confirm the premiere of the musical, but little additional information has been offered other than it’s an all new book written by Chad Beguelin and will be directed and choreographed by Case Nicholaw.
The show will consist of songs from the 1992 film in addition to a new song written by Alan Menken and songs by Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice that were intended for the original film but didn’t make it in.
BroadwayWorld.com which has more information on the production warns that there does not appear to be an aspirations to take the show to Broadway at this time but that they do intend to make it a touring production, which jibes completely with our report back in May in which we mention that Disney Theatrical had registered AladdinOnTour.com amongst many other potential projects.
Now through April 17, 2011, D23 Members can enjoy significant savings when seeing the Disney Theatrical production of Mary Poppins on Broadway. Now in its fifth phenomenal year at the beautiful New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, Mary Poppins has astonished over 6 million people with its own brand of pure Broadway magic.
Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives four out of four stars and calls “a perfect piece of musical theater.”
The following performance schedules and discount rates apply to this exclusive D23 offer:
All Performances from January 3, 2011 through March 6, 2011 (excluding February 18 through matinee performance on February 26): Orchestra/Front Mezzanine seats are $76.50 (Regularly $121.50), Mid Mezzanine seats are $64.00 (Reg. $86.50), Rear Mezzanine /Balcony seats are $41.50 (Reg. $61.50).
All Performances from March 7, 2011 through April 17, 2011 (except March 11 through matinee performance on March 19, matinee on April 13 and evening performances April 15 through April 17): Orchestra/Front Mezzanine are $71.50 (Reg. $121.50), Mid Mezzanine are $59.00 (Reg. $86.50), Rear Mezzanine /Balcony are $41.50 (Reg. $61.50).
For dates excluded from above rates, the discounts are as follows: Orchestra/Front Mezzanine are $96.50 (Reg. $121.50). Other seating locations are not available through this offer.
Tickets may be purchased either online via TicketMaster, by calling (866) 870-2717 or in person at the Mary Poppins box office (214 West 42nd Street NYC; please bring a printout of the offer details.
THE PROMOTIONAL CODE IS THE LETTER “W” PLUS THE FIRST FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR D23 MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS. Your membership number is listed on the back of your D23 Membership card or available by emailing [email protected]
NOTE: D23 Members may be asked to present their D23 Membership card at the theater. Offer not valid on prior purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other offer. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds. Not all seats are discounted. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Not valid tickets regularly prices $31.50. Prices include $1.50 facility fee per ticket to which discount does not apply. Standard Ticketmaster services fees apply to online or phone orders. Dates, times, prices and cast subject to change without notice. Offer may be revoked without notice. Limit 14 tickets per person per 7-day period. Offer expires 4/17/2011.
Disney Theatrical has recently placed its Classroom Education Series on its Broadway hit Mary Poppins on its official YouTube channel. The spectacular ten-part series is hosted and narrated by Gavin Creel who held the role of Bert in the original West End production in London. From co-creators Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical, and legendary theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, to Disney Legend Richard Sherman to the cast and crew of the staged productions, the series meshes behind-the-scenes footage with archived footage, photos and more to explore the many facets of the production starting with Walt Disney acquiring the film rights from Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers.
Over an hour of of material is presented in the series in total and it’s definitely worth investing some time for anyone who’s a fan of Disney or Mary Poppins or — better yet — both! Below we have embedded the full playlist of the series beginning with Part I.
Last month, we told you about Shannon Tavarez, a former cast member of the Broadway production of Disney Theatrical’s ‘The Lion King,’ who was diagnosed with AML Leukemia at age 10. On July 23, from 10 am – 3 pm, cast and crew from the musical will be on hand hosting a bone marrow drive in Shannon’s honor at the Minkskoff Theatre in New York City, where the show performs.
For more information, see MatchShannon.com
Disney Theatrical and MyCokeRewards.com are teaming up to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for twenty winners to audition for a walk-on role during a performance of Disney Theatrical’s Mary Poppins on Broadway in New York City.
Sweepstake entrants may enter up to five times per day by redeeming 3 Coke reward points per entry or by mailing in an entry (see the contest rules for full details). Twenty entrants will be chosen at random and each receive a video camera from which they will be able to submit their entries to the Disney on Broadway contest where one entrant will win a grand prize consisting of: A three night-stay in New York City and round-trip airfare for the winner and up to three guests; three tickets to the show’s performance for the winner’s guests; hair, makeup and costume fitting for show; rehearsal with show’s creative team; and an on-stage appearance in the ‘Jolly Holiday’ number as well as the curtain call.
For more information and to enter, visit MyCokeRewards.com where you can also download a free MP3 of ‘Step in Time’ from the Broadway production.