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Audition Notice: Newsies-New York City, NY - Casting ID # 1571891
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location New York City, NY Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 05-14-18
Audition Date 07-22-18 Submission deadline 07-21-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical follows Jack Kelly and his ragtag team of newsboys as they struggle to survive the New York City streets. Jack longs for the Santa Fe sun and a life out of the paper biz. But, when the price of “papes” is hiked, Jack and the boys decide they have had enough, once and for all. Watch what happens as young, fresh newspaper reporter Katherine Plummer joins the gang and encourages them to unionize and organize a strike against the money-hungry publisher of the New York World. This high-energy show will have you on the edge of your seats! It’s time to Seize the Day!

Role # 1 Jack Kelly
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality. (Bb2-A4)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 2 Crutchie
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 3 Davey
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 4 Les
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. He should present as younger than the other newsies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 10 to 13

Role # 5 Katherine Plumber
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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. Though she only has a brief dance solo in “King of New York,” Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with a high belt – diction is key.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 6 Joseph Pulitzer
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 59

Role # 7 Medda Larkin
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 30 to 39

Role # 8 Newsies
Seeking 10 talent(s) for this role

Including Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, and Tommy Boy, are some of the hard-working kids of New York City that go on strike for a livable wage.
*We will be considering men and women for Newsies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 16 to 60

Role # 9 Ensemble
Seeking 10 talent(s) for this role

Wide range of roles for all ages (16+), types, and vocal parts.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 16 to 60