Jeremy Jordan is Officially Jack Kelly in Newsies on Broadway
It was an announcement many people were waiting for. However, it was an announcement that did not surprise many people. Today, Disney Theatrical was pleased to announce a much many rumors that the kings of New York will have their fearless leader back upon returning to Broadway this spring. It is now officially confirmed that Jeremy Jordan will star as Jack Kelly in the Broadway bound Newsies this spring.
Newsies the Musical is a new stage musical brought to you by Disney Theatricals. The production features a score by eight time Academy Award Winner Alan Menken (music) and Jack Feldman(lyrics) with a book by four time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. The renown production was directed by Tony Nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli. Newsies is the epic story of the Newsboys Strike of 1899 which lasted from July 20th to August 2nd. After not being protected from the union during this time period, the newsboys famous walk off the stands has been turned into an epic Disney picture film that is unforgettable. Filled with some of your favorite songs and dances such “Seize the Day“, “King of New York” and “Santa Fe“, Newsies is a Disney movie for the ages. The movie completely flopped at the box office in its 1992 debut but had gained a cult following since which had called for a stage production of the show.
Its no surprise to many that Jeremy Jordan is now officially set to return to Newsies for its Spring 2012 debut on Broadway. Jordan originated the role of Jack Kelly in the stage production when it was mounted in late 2011 at Paper Mill Playhouse. However, with Disney then promising for the production to only be a regional run, Jordan was already confirmed, set and in rehearsals for a new Broadway show called Bonnie & Clyde. However, when it was announced Newsies would transfer to Broadway in the spring, the kings of New York now found themselves without a leader wondering who would step into these giant shoes to fill.
However, Bonnie & Clyde‘s debut on Broadway was not nearly as successful as anyone had hoped and rumors of the show closing began to circulate. As these rumors began to form, so did rumors of Jordan’s return to Newsies for the Spring debut. After all, Jeff Calhoun directed Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse and Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway – Why wouldn’t he want his leading man to return to a piece of work that had received much praise only a few months earlier? And awkwardly enough, Jeff Calhoun kinda spilled the beans that Jordan would return to Newsies in the Spring for Disney.
Click here to see an awkward moment of Jeff Calhoun spilling the beans! (You Can Skip to 4:05 in the video to see what we mean)
However, I wouldn’t call it too awkward for the Broadway community. Bonnie & Clyde closed on Broadway December 30th and fans had already seemed to have made up their minds Jeremy Jordan would return. And today, Disney officially confirmed what so many had hoped for. The kings of New York have their leader back!
An announcement on the rest of the casting for the Broadway production of Newsies is expected shortly. However, it is also expected much of the regional cast will transfer with minor changes. Luner on Theatre will bring that to you as soon as it is announced.
Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you all Broadway news pertaining toNewsies the Musical exciting and much awaited transfer to Broadway for the Spring of 2012. We have been with you from the very start for this one and plan to see it the entire way through! For all other Newsies information, check out theDisney Section of Luner on Theatre. Also, you can check out the Official Newsies on Broadway website for more information. And of course stick with Luner on Theatre as we bring you all the theatre news you not only need but want to know and so much more!