Disney’s Newsies

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed & Choreographed by Gabrielle Mangano

Saturday April 6 @ 11AM - 2PM
Monday, April 8 @ 7-9PM

Performance Dates: July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28,
August 2,3 and 4

Fridays & Saturday @ 8:00 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM

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*All cast members must be available for every performance.

Synopsis: Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what's right.

Sides will be provided at the audition.


Character Descriptions and Preparation:

Jack Kelly: The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an orphaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and strongly loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Though living on the streets has given him a tough-guy exterior, Jack has a big heart and can demonstrate a sweet vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.

Age: 16 to 25 | Vocal range top: A4 | Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Prep: Santa Fe (C Major) | World Will Know

Katherine Plumber: An ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourceful, she boldly captures the voice of a new generation rising in her coverage of the newsies’ strike. While she generally has no time for cocky, streetwise young men, she makes an exception for Jack Kelly. Though she only has a brief dance solo in “King of New York,” Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with a high belt – diction is key.

Age: 17 to 25 | Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: A3

Prep: Watch What Happens | Something to Believe In

Crutchie: A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful but helps sell more papes. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.

Age: 13 to 17 | Vocal range top: A4 | Vocal range bottom: C3

Prep: Santa Fe (Prologue) | World Will Know

Davey: Les’ straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living but becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.

Age: 15 to 20 | Vocal range top: A4 | Vocal range bottom: D3

Prep: Seize the Day | King of NY

Les: Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive sales boy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.

Age: 10 to 15 | Vocal range top: Bb3 | Vocal range bottom: Db3

Prep: King of NY | World Will Know

Newsies: Including Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, and Tommy Boy, are some of the hard-working kids of New York City that go on strike for a livable wage.

Age: 13 to 25

Prep: King of NY | Carrying the Banner

Spot Conlon: The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”

Age: 17 to 20

Prep: Brooklyn’s Here

Joseph Pulitzer: A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer doesn’t sympathize with the strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.

Age: 35 to 50 | Vocal range top: F4 | Vocal range bottom: C3

Prep: Bottom Line

Medda Larkin: Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.

Age: 25 to 45 | Vocal range top: E5 | Vocal range bottom: F3

Prep: That’s Rich

Wiesel: Or “Weasel,” runs the distribution window for the World and knows most of the newsies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary, Wiesel is Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper- pusher.

Age: 35 to 50

Oscar and Morris Delancey: Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point. Age: 15 to 20

Snyder: The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming.

Age: 45 to 65

The Bowery Beauties: Female performers at Medda’s Theater.

Age: 18 to 30

Prep: Don’t Come a Knocking | Carrying the Banner

Nuns: The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies.

Age: 20 to 60

Prep: Don’t Come a Knocking | Carrying the Banner

Mr. Jacobi: Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.

Age: 35 to 55

Mayor: The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.

Age: 45 to 60

Governor Teddy Roosevelt: A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

Age: 50 to 65

Pulitzer’s Staff:

Seitz: Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

Bunsen: Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

Hannah: Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Nunzio: Pulitzer’s barber.

Prep: Bottom Line


Please Note: NO SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS OR CONSIDERATIONS WILL BE MADE FOR ANY REASON. YOU MUST APPEAR AT THE THEATER ON ONE OF THESE TWO DATES AND TIME PERIODS OR YOU WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR CASTING IN THIS PRODUCTION. CALLBACKS, IF REQUIRED, WILL BE BY INVITATION.

Please do not attempt to contact the director or any member of the production staff regarding the audition process.

Preparations Singers are expected to prepare the song(s) listed under character descriptions

Dancers: Come dressed to dance. No flip flops or sneakers. Sides will be provided for all speaking roles. Please bring headshots and resumes.(Do not email)

This is an unpaid gig. No monetary compensation or stipends are available.