• CAST OF CHARACTERS
     
    MALE LEADS/CO-STARS (5):
     
     
    Jack Kelly:  The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and strongly loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Though living on the streets has given him a tough-guy exterior, Jack has a big heart and can demonstrate a sweet vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter.
     
    Davey:  Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.
     
    Joseph Pulitzer:  A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer doesn’t sympathize with the strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.
     
    Roosevelt/Snyder/Guard:  This actor triples as the Governor who inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer, the crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming, and a guard at The World.
     
    Mayor/Nunzio/Stage Manager:  This actor triples as the Mayor of New York who rebuffs Pulitzer's attempts to shut down the Newsies strike, Pulitzer's barber, and the announcer of Medda's act.
     
    FEMALE LEADS/CO-STARS (3):
      
    Katherine Plumber:  An ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourcesful, she boldy captures the voice of a new generation rising in her coverage of the newsies’ strike. While she generally has no time for cocky, streetwise young men, she makes an exception for Jack Kelly.
     
    Medda Larkin/Hannah/Woman:  Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.  This actress also doubles as "Hannah" Pulitzer's secretary and a "Woman" who buys a newspaper from Les.
     
    Bunsen/Mrs. Jacobi/Nun 1:  This actress triples as Pulitzer's bookkeeper, a restaurant proprietor who is kind to the Newsies, and the leader of a convent of nuns.
     
    GENDER NEUTRAL LEADS/CO-STARS (12):
     
    Crutchie:  A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance.
     
    Les:  Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive salesboy and a pint-sized charmer.
     
    Race:  One of the more outspoken Newsies
     
    Finch:  One of the more outspoken Newsies.
     
    Albert/Tommy Boy:  A Newsie:  This actor will read and sing all of Albert & Tommy Boy's lines.
     
    Mush/Spot Conlon:  This actor will double as a Newsie and Spot, the head of the Brooklyn Newsies.
     
    Specs/Buttons:  A Newsie:  This actor will read and sing all of Specs & Buttons' lines.
     
    Henry/Elmer:  A Newsie:  This actor will read and sing all of Henry & Elmer's lines.
     
    Romeo/JoJo:  A Newsie:  This actor will read and sing all of Romeo & JoJo's lines.
     
    Weisel/Seitz/Scab 1:  Or “Weasel,” runs the distribution window for the World and knows most of the newsies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary, Wiesel is Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper- pusher.  This actor also doubles as Pulitzer's editor and a Newsie hesitant to strike.
     
    Morris/Darcy/Scab 2:  Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.  This actor also doubles as an upperclass kid who helps the Newsies and a Newsie hesitant to strike.
     
    Oscar/Bill/Scab 3:  Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.  This actor also doubles as the son of William Randolph Hearst and a Newsie hesitant to strike.
     
    MALE ENSEMBLE:  Newsies, Goons, Policemen
    FEMALE ENSEMBLE:  Newsies, Nuns, Bowery Beauties
     
Last Modified on November 3, 2019