Jeremy Jordan, star of the short-lived musical Bonnie & Clyde, will return to Broadway this spring as Jack Kelly in Disney’s stage adaptation of Newsies. Jordan created the role of the rebellious newsboy leader in the Paper Mill Playhouse's world premiere of the musical last fall. Directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, the musical will play a limited run beginning March 15 at the Nederlander Theatre. Opening night is set for March 29, with the final performance performance scheduled for June 10. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Newsies features the film's original music as well as additional songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Inspired by the real events of the Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies follows a young New York City newsboy who leads a group of orphans in a protest against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
Jordan can currently be seen on the big screen in Joyful Noise opposite Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. His other Broadway credits include Rock of Ages and West Side Story.
The stage adaptation received its world premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse last fall in a production starring Jeremy Jordan as Jack, John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Mark Aldrich as Seitz, Helen Anker as Medda, John E. Brady as Wiesel, Kevin Carolan as Roosevelt, Julie Foldesi as Ms. Baum, Stuart Marland as Snyder, Michael McArthur, Jack Scott, Nick Sullivan and Laurie Veldheer.