Stop the presses! Original Newsies cast member Kara Lindsay has revealed via Twitter that she is to exit the Tony-winning musical and will play her final performance February 2. A spokesperson confirmed her departure. The actress who will take over the role of Katherine Plumber will be announced shortly.
Lindsay wrote, “To all the wonderfully amazing Newsies Fansies...I wanted to let you know that Sunday, February 2nd will be my last show at Newsies. I cannot thank you enough for your generous support and love throughout these two years. The letters, the gifts, the tweets, and smiles have filled my heart with so much joy! It's meant more to me than you will ever know. You are so very special. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies follows Jack Kelly (Corey Cott), a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged boys, who dreams of a better life far from the hardships of the streets. 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.
In addition to Lindsay and Cott, Newsies currently stars John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Medda and features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Kinky Boots' Harvey Fierstein.