After its first week of previews, Disney’s new musical Newsies has extended its run at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. The musical was scheduled to play a limited engagement until June 10, but will now run through August 19. Starring Jeremy Jordan as rebellious newsboy Jack Kelly and directed by Jeff Calhoun, Newsies will officially open March 29.
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Newsies features the movie's original music as well as additional songs by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, in addition to a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Inspired by the real events of the Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies follows a young New York City newsboy (Jordan) who leads a group of orphans in a protest against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
Joining Jordan are co-stars John Dossett (Joseph Pulitzer), Kara Lindsay (Katherine Plumber), Capathia Jenkins (Medda), Ben Fankhauser (Davey), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Crutchie) and Lewis Grosso and Matthew Schechter (alternating in the role of Les).