The Muny has announced that Davis Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera) will take on the role of Joseph Pulitzer in Newsies, rounding out the principal cast for the seventh and final production the season. Design teams were also announced for this production, which plays August 7-13. Direction and choreography is by Chris Bailey, with music direction by Michael Horsley.
Davis Gaines joins a newsworthy ensemble including Jordan Beall, Kyle Coffman, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre deLuna, Sam Faulkner, Damon J. Gillespie, Gary Glasgow, Ashley Elizabeth Hale, Michael Hoey, Curtis Holland, Phillip Johnson-Richardson, Alex Larson, Alex Hayden Miller, Ben Nordstrom, Rich Pisarkiewicz, Jack Sippel, Brendon Stimson, Daryl Tofa, Matthew Wiercinski, and Thad Turner Wilson. The company will also be joined by the Muny kid and teen youth ensembles.
They join the previously announced Jay Armstrong Johnson (Jack Kelly), Tessa Grady (Katherine Plumber), Ta'Rea Campbell (Medda Larkin), Daniel Quadrino (Crutchie), Spencer Davis Milford (Davey), and Gabriel Cytron (Les).
Based on Disney's 1992 film, Newsies tells the tale of the great Newsboy Strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, a charismatic and resilient newspaper boy, leads a bunch of New York City rag-tag orphans in a clash against the mighty publishing titan, Joe Pulitzer. With a score by Alan Menken, the score features hits that include "Santa Fe," "Seize the Day," and "King of New York."
The production will feature scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by John Lasiter, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Greg Emetaz, and wig design by Leah J. Loukas.
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