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FIRST LOOK: New Rehearsal Images for Disney’s NEWSIES in London

The producers of Disney’s NEWSIES, the award-winning Broadway musical with music by Alan
Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein, are delighted to announce that
Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (Emmett in Legally Blonde at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for which
he has received a 2022 Black British Theatre Award nomination) and Bronté Barbé (Oklahoma
Chichester Festival Theatre, Beautiful UK Tour) will star as Jack Kelly and Katherine Plumber
respectively in the UK premiere, opening at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on
Thursday 8 December 2022 for a strictly limited season, following previews from 29 November.  All
preview tickets are priced at £30.

NEWSIES by Disney, , Director & Choreographer – MATT COLE, Set Design – MORGAN LARGE, Musical Supervision, Dance Arrangements & Musical Direction – NIGEL LILLEY, Lighting – MARK HENDERSON, Associate Choreographer – JANE MCMURTRIE, Rehearsals Images, Jerwood Space, London, Credit: Johan Persson


The full cast of NEWSIES includes Michael Ahomka-Lindsay as Jack Kelly, Moya Angela as
Medda Larkin, Lindsay Atherton as Ensemble, Samuel Bailey as Specs, Imogen Bailey as Swing,
Bronté Barbé as Katherine Plumber, Josh Barnett, as Race, Cameron Blakely as Joseph Pulitzer,
Jack Bromage as Tommy Boy, Bobbie Chambers as Ensemble, Alex Christian as Buttons,
Arcangelo Ciulla as Ike, George Crawford as Morris Delancey, Ross Dawes as Snyder, Joshua
Denyer as Mush, Ross Dorrington as Splasher, Matthew Duckett as Crutchie, Kamilla Fernandes
as Ensemble, Jacob Fisher as Albert, Jamie Golding as Wiesel, Damon Gould as Finch, Zack
Guest as Swing, Jordan Isaac as Swing, Alex James-Hatton as Oscar Delancey, Clarice Julianda
as Ensemble, Barry Keenan as Nunzio, Ryan Kopel as Davey, Sion Lloyd as Bunsen George
Michaelides as Romeo, Mukeni Nel as Jo Jo, Joshua Nkemdilim as Elmer, Mark Samaras as
Mike, Bradley Trevethan as Swing, Matt Trevorrow as Henry and Lillie-Pearl Wildman as
Ensemble.


The role of Les will be played by Nesim Adnan, Haydn Court, Oliver Gordon and Ethan
Sokontwe.

NEWSIES by Disney, , Director & Choreographer – MATT COLE, Set Design – MORGAN LARGE, Musical Supervision, Dance Arrangements & Musical Direction – NIGEL LILLEY, Lighting – MARK HENDERSON, Associate Choreographer – JANE MCMURTRIE, Rehearsals Images, Jerwood Space, London, Credit: Johan Persson


Based on a true story, NEWSIES is set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. It’s the
rousing tale of a ragged band of teenage newspaper sellers, who dream of a better life far from the
hardship of the streets. After newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer hikes up the prices for his papers
charged to the newsies, Jack Kelly rallies his fellow newsies in an attempt to protest the change,
falling in love with young reporter Katherine along the way. These young newsies from across the city come together and rise up against the exploitation of wealthy publishing tycoons and fight for justice
using the only power they have – solidarity. 


The original production of NEWSIES opened on Broadway in 2012 and was slated to play only 100
performances but went on to play over 1,000 performances before touring and winning two Tony
Awards®, including Best Original Score. The original production was filmed live on stage and
released in cinemas in 2017.

NEWSIES by Disney, , Director & Choreographer – MATT COLE, Set Design – MORGAN LARGE, Musical Supervision, Dance Arrangements & Musical Direction – NIGEL LILLEY, Lighting – MARK HENDERSON, Associate Choreographer – JANE MCMURTRIE, Rehearsals Images, Jerwood Space, London, Credit: Johan Persson


Now for the very first time, audiences in the UK have a chance to enjoy the thrill of one of the biggest
Broadway hits of recent years. In an innovative and brand new production at Troubadour Wembley
Park Theatre, theatregoers will be thrust right inside the action as the newsies dance, sing, jump and
fly around the streets of a booming 19 th century New York City. 


NEWSIES will be Directed and Choreographed by Olivier nominee Matt Cole, with Set Design by
Morgan Large, Musical Supervision, Dance Arrangements & Musical Direction by Nigel Lilley,
Costumes by Natalie Pryce, Lighting by Mark Henderson, Sound by Tony Gayle, Orchestrations by
Simon Hale, Performer Flying by John Maddox for Suspended Illusions Ltd, Casting by Lucy Casson,
Children’s Casting by Jo Hawes, Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown for
RC Annie, Associate Director Rachael Nanyonjo, Associate Choreographer Jane McMurtrie,
Associate Musical Director Chris Ma and Production Management by Lee Batty and Andy Fox for
Setting Line.


NEWSIES is produced by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Gavin Kalin,
Hunter Arnold, Kater Gordon and Dianne Roberts, by permission of Disney Theatrical Productions.

Website: newsiesthemusical.co.uk
Instagram: @newsies_uk
Facebook: @newsiesuk
Twitter: @newsies_uk

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