The stage is set for a David-versus-Goliath battle as the curtain goes up on a new season at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre with “Disney’s Newsies The Musical.”
PinnWorth Productions presents this musical Thursdays, Sept. 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Sept. 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Sept. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the Thursday and Friday night performances on Sept. 6 and 7.
Based on a funny, poignant book by Harvey Fierstein, the show features music by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. It premiered at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 and made its Broadway debut in 2012, where it played for more than 1,000 performances.
Inspired by the real life New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899, young Jack Kelly and his band of newsboys are making a meager living selling newspapers on the streets. When publishing mogul Joseph Pulitzer decides to increase the price of the papers, his newsboys are going to feel a pinch they simply cannot afford. They decide to take action by forming a union and going on strike. Add fledgling reporter Katherine Plummer and the boys’ brave stand against injustice lands on the front pages. Hope and change are in the air.
The cast stars Rob Ryan as Jack Kelly; Bridget Hughes as Katherine Plumber; Sean Dickinson as Davey Jacobs; Ted Braun of West Windsor as Crutchie; Camryn Burniston as Les Jacobs; Peter Sauer as Joseph Pulitzer; and Mimi B. Francis as Medda Larkin.
The main “newsies” include Nick Buonvicino, Ricky Francese, Rashawn Garrett, Charlie Gormley, Jake Hamstra, Adam Juraga, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Matthew Krauss, Ethan Lipper, Jacob Long, Diego Montealegre of Lawrenceville, Michael Mottram of Cream Ridge, Julia Ruth Patella of Cranbury, Matthew Robertson., Matthew Snyder, Faith Stack of Allentown, Lauren Barkman, Abby Harnum of Bordentown, and Haley Schmalbach.
Featured in the adult ensemble are Jeff Dworkin, Ken Marblestone, Jim Morris of Plainsboro, Todd Roman, Christopher Schmalbach and Joe Zedeny of East Windsor. Other ensemble members include Nic Fallacaro, Bridget Godfrey, Joshua Goldhammer of Plainsboro, Zamir Gorden of Lawrenceville, Charlotte Gougher, James LeGette, Jeff Rosenthal, and Zakir Zaidi of Princeton.
Tickets are $20 for all and may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.