The winner of two Tony awards including Best Score, Disney’s Newsies will make its Philippine debut courtesy of Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical featuring a creative team and cast of the best talent across the Philippines.
With lyrics by Jack Feldman, music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, and book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), Newsies is inspired by the true events of the “Newsboy Strike of 1899.” The play follows the charismatic leader of a band of newspaper boys, Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life and far from the streets where he sleeps and earns a living. When newspaper magnates Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, affecting the livelihood of the ‘Newsies,’ Jack and his friends band together and protests against corporate greed.
Featuring a large cast, including 21 Newsies, Executive Producers Joe Caliro (Globe Live) and Santi Santamaria(9 Works Theatrical), Director Robbie Guevara along with choreographer Patrick John Rebullida and the rest of the creative team held grueling auditions to find the perfect actors who could sing, dance, and act through the high-energy musical.
Playing Jack Kelly is Gian Magdangal, Danielle Chopin plays Katherine Plummer young reporter who helps the Newsies.
Jack will eventually meet Davey and Les, two new Newsies, who have families, unlike Jack and his band. Playing Davey is Jef Flores. Appearing as Les are Daniel Drilon and Tory Cortez, alternating.
Taking on the role of Jack Kelly’s friend, Crutchie, is Luis Marcelo.
Greg Dulcie essays the role of Joseph Pulitzer. Portraying the theater own Medda Larkin is Pinky Marquez Cancio. Theater veteran Raymund Concepcion will be playing several roles such as Governor Teddy Roosevelt and Nunzio. Playing multiple roles such as Wiesel, Mr. Jacobi, and the Mayor is Ariel Reonal.
The Warden of the Juvenile Center and chasing after Jack is Snyder played by Franz Gerard Reyes Imperial. Rounding up the rest of the Newsies are Alex Diaz, Anton Posadas, Ian Ocampo, Erick Arenas, Stephen Viñas, Ronelson Yadao, Jim Ferrer and Mark Anthony Granados. Portraying multiple roles other than just Newsies are Chesko Rodriguez , Jon Abella, Kendrick Ibasco, Vyen Jugo Villanueva), Jan Mayo , MC Dela Cruz and Clark Francis Dela Riva.
Performing as the roles of the Bowery Beauties are Joni Galeste and Melissa Bell.
Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s production of Disney’s Newsies is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Franz Imperial as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, Yek Barlongay additional choreography for tap, Ed Lacson as set designer, Eric Pineda as costume designer, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, GA Fallarme as video & projection designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer and Dong Calingacion as technical director.
Heading the production team are executive producers Joe Caliro (Globe Live) and Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical), Denise Seva (Globe Live Director for Events and Production), with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, and Arma Bonilla as stage manager.
Newsies will be staged at the Globe Iconic Store Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City on July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30, 2017 at 8:00pm.
For tickets and more information, go to go.globe.com.ph/newsies, or contact Ticketworld at 891.9999.