Cast of Broadway's NEWSIES to Perform on ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS, 11/13
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by TV News Desk
The cast of Newsies, The Tony® Award winning new American musical, led by Corey Cott as Jack Kelly, will perform the show-stopping number "Seize the Day" in-studio on the Tuesday, November 13 (8:00PM-9:00PM) episode of "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" on the ABC Television Network.
Since bursting onto Broadway last spring, Newsies set and then broke five Nederlander Theatre house records on its way to becoming the best selling new musical of the spring. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography. One of Broadway's highest profile hits, it has been featured nationally on "The View," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," and "The 2012 Tony Awards."
The performance by Newsies will mark the third time "Dancing with the Stars" has hosted a Disney on Broadway musical. In 2009, the cast of The Lion King performed "Circle of Life," the largest act ever to take to the "Dancing with the Stars" stage. One year later, cast of Mary Poppins performed "Step in Time" on a special 200th episode.
Newsies features a score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Newsies is directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
The Broadway company of Newsies also features Corey Cott as Jack Kelly, Ron Raines as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Medda Larkin, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and Nicholas Lampiasi, and Jake Lucas alternating the role of Les.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, 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 for what's right.
Newsies is inspired by the real-life 'Newsboy Strike of 1899,' when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway Newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The Nederlander Theatre box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 11:30am – 6pm. Newsies is performed on the following schedule: Monday – Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday – Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm; and Sunday at 3pm. There are exceptions the week the week of November 12, the week of November 19 (Thanksgiving) and the weeks in and around Christmas. Visit NewsiesTheMusical.com" target="_blank">NewsiesTheMusical.com for details.
Photo credit: Deen van Meer