Based on a 1992 film of the same name, the story was inspired by the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City. It pits Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys against Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, as he tries to make a profit at the expense of the boys who sell his newspaper. The musical, which premiered in 2011, features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein.
Among the many fictional elements of the show is the character of Katherine Plumber, a young reporter who serves as a love interest for Jack. As a woman reporter during a time when the industry was dominated by men, Plumber is also standing up for herself and fighting for a cause. A great role model for young women, even today.
Curtain Call’s cast of 49 includes, from STAMFORD: Tommy DeSalvo, Jainee Didonato, Stephen Emerick, Frankie Isola, Mike Kraus, Tessa Kurtz, Joshua Leferman, Justin McArthur, Matt McArthur, Michael McArthur, Sean Pultz, Maya Sank; Emily Vrissis; from NORWALK: Ann Alford, Rob Ayala, Chris Balestriere, Mike DeSalvo, Nicole DiBlasio, Scott Ferrara, James Hobayan, Kelly Kinas, Gavin McGee, Nikki Monahan, Emily Rybnick, Daniella Sawyer; from WESTPORT: Seth Barkan, Lillie Bukzin, Matt Bukzin; from WILTON: Stephen DiRocco, Kevin Sell; from GREENWICH: Will Armstrong, Kevin Gillespie, Skye Gillespie, Savannah Miller; from BRIDGEPORT: Monica Harrington, Everton Ricketts; from TRUMBULL: Nicholas Ferreira, Danny Randazzo; from FAIRFIELD: Madeleine Tommins; from MILFORD: Trisha Carr McCoy; from STRATFORD: Dante DiFederico; from WATERTOWN: Jennifer Beveridge; from KATONAH, NY: Vic Sauerhof; from RYE, NY: Bob Praid.
“I always enjoy watching our shows in rehearsal, but the energy coming from this cast as they have been working on the staging and choreography has made me want to watch every moment that I can,” said Ursone.
Newsies will play in The Kweskin Theatre from February 2 through March 4, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Regular prices are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.50 for children (up to age 21). Thursday evenings – all seats $25. Doors open for seating one half hour before show time. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30%. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com. (As of press time, matinees are already sold out – check with the theatre about possible extra performances.)
The remainder of Curtain Call's 27th season includes Mulberry Street, The Boys Next Door, A Comedy of Tenors and Superman the Musical. In addition to comedy nights, concerts and interactive murder mysteries, there will also be a special, one-night-only presentation of Love Letters featuring veteran soap opera stars, Robert Newman and Britt Newman.
More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.
Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2016. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.
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