Inspiring everyone to fight for what’s right and seize the day, Slow Burn Theatre Company’s 2022/2023 season in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts culminates with the Tony Award-winning Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical in its final shows, Thursday, June 22 thrrough Sunday, June 25.
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, the musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right. Packed with non-stop thrills perfect for the whole family, the musical features such hits as “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day” and “Santa Fe.”
Based on the 1992 motion picture written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White and inspired by a true story, Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots).
Samuel Cadieux portrays Jack Kelly, the charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies. His fellow newsies are portrayed by Joel Hunt as Crutchie, Mickey White as Davey and Nate Colton as Les along with Matthew Brightbill, Jamie Brustein, Timothy Canali, Austin Carroll, John. Cavaseno, Samuel Colina, Jonathan Eisele, Stephen Eisenwasser, Kevin Hincapie, Imran Hylton, Christopher Mitchell, Matthew Quintero, Larry Toyter and Trevor Wayne.
Lea Marinelli Bowen portrays ambitious young reporter Katherine Plumber in a cast that also features Chris Alvarez, Eli Flynn, Matthew Korinko, Geoffrey Mergele and Nate Promkul in featured roles.
Comprising the talented ensemble that brings the hustle and bustle of the city to life are Jerel Brown, Michael Cartwright, Ryan Crout, Jennifer Fraser, Lauren Horgan, Kareema Khouri and Michael Materdomini.
Slow Burn Theatre Artistic Director and Co-Founder Patrick Fitzwater directs the production. He is joined on the creative and production teams by choreographer Trent Soyster, music director Michael Ursua, fight director Timothy Canali, set designer Kelly Tighe, costume designer Rick Peña, lighting designer Clifford Spulock, technical director Timothy Dickey, production stage manager Erin Joy Swank and projection designer and assistant stage manager André Russell.
Performance times vary and tickets are $49-$65 at BrowardCenter.org.